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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 
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P MIRANDA STRfNGHAM 1984 

1984 

Printing by 

Ricks College Press 

Rexburg. Idaho 

Binding by 
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Idaho Falls. Idaho 
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I dedicate this book to my deceased sister-in-law. 
Ada Owen Campbell, and descedants who prepared 
the histories of the five Owen Brothers. Ammon's 
first settlers. 





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OLD AMMON 

THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS 

1885 - 1935 

CHAPTERS PAGE 

INTRODUCTION I-II 

PLOT OF MAP OF TOWN III 

CONTENTS OF BOOK II 

AMMON HISTORICAL FACTS 38-39 

ACKNOWLEGEMENTS 1 

PREFACE 1 

OLD AMMON 31 

THE FIVE OWEN BROTHERS 6-12 

JOSEPH AND ARTHUR RAWSON 9-10 

ELLINGFORD 12 

ALFRED EMPEY & RANCH IN THE HILLS 15-17 

SOME RESIDENTS BEFORE 1900 17-33 

John Empey, Ephriam Empey, Nortons, Charles Hayes, 
Mash Williams, Christian Anderson, John Molen, Carl 
Otto Holm, Carl Paul Holm, Arthur Ball, Hayes, 
Williams, Andersons, Blatters 

HOMESTEADERS & DRY FARMERS 37-67 

BUILDERS & CONTRUCTION 69-74 

SCHOOL, BUSES, PERSONNEL 74-111 

CHURCHES & SEMINARIES 113-120 

CANALS & IRRIGATION 120-140 

FARMERS, STOCKMEN, & SHEEPMEN 140-18 6G 

DAUGHTERS OF UTAH PIONEERS 187-188 

BUSINESSES & SHOPS 189-205 

CEMETERIES 207-209 

UTAH-IDAHO SUGAR COMPANY 211-218 

DAIRYING 219-228 

DOCTORS, NURSES & LAWYERS 229-236 

SCOUTING 237-238 

MISCELLANEOUS & OTHERS 238-256 



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About the Compiler 

Miranda Campbell Stringham was born in Amnony Idaho , July 17 y 1904 so 

is well acquainted with that oomrwAnity. She lived, there until about 1921. 

She has had one year of jourvjxlism classes^ plus several adult education 
classes in history and typing. She has always enjoyed history and geneology 
and has an outstanding family history. 

She belonged to the Idaho Writers and Poets Guild for twelve years and 
served as president of that organization. 

She has written for the Shelley Pioneer , the Blaakfoot News^ several 
county histories for the Idaho History , a book of poetry ^ plus three 
other local histories. 

She is married to Bryant J. Stringham and they have three children, 
twenty five grandchildren and seventy-seven great grandchildren. In 
addition she also helped raise three of her mothers children. 



November, 1983 



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AMMON 

About four and one half miles east and a little south of 
Idaho Falls is the village of Ammon. The soil is deep and of 
clay and sand formation, very productive for agricultural 
farming. It lies in the Southeast Quarter Section 21, 
Township 2, North Range 38 East of the Boise Meridian. 

It was first incorporated in 1905 and in 1910 had a 
population of 214 people. It was not known as a village until 
this time. 

The first mail carriers were people who brought the mail 
from Eagle Rock to Ammon. Later mail was delivered on Route #3 
by rural carriers until 1955 when the village became a part of 
Idaho Falls and house numbers were assigned and the mail was 
delivered as part of the city of Idaho Falls. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

Special appreciation is extended to: 

Typists of this history, Paul Street, Flore ine Carlson, Viola 

Hillman, Carolyn Searle^ Betty Sproker. 

Appreciat ion is extended to those who loaned pictures or took 

them: Shirley Park, Grace Barr, Rhoda Harris, Quincy Jensen, B. 

H. Barrus, Verla Cook, and to Lyle Lindsay, who donated his 

photographic work for the Ammon pictures. 

Thanks to all who offered help from old year books, and to the 

LDS Stake Houses for viewing of Census and Ammon Ward Films. 

A big thanks to my husband, who has been my chauffeur since the 

research began over two years ago. 

Research and Compiler -- Miranda Stringham 

PREFACE 
The purpose of this book is to LEARN FROM THE PAST, we are 
advised by the church and from educational leaders to write and 
preserve histories, keep journals, and our genealogies. 
In talking to Professor Beal of Pocatello, he advised me to do 
all I could to help get locality histories, and wished there 
were more who were interested in research. 

In 1976-77 was asked by the Historical Society of Upper Snake 
River Valley to write the history of Ammon. I had answered a 
question, he asked, "Is there anyone here who was born in Ammon?" 
I raised my hand, then he asked, "How long have you been in 
Ammon?" I told him I had spent twenty years of my life there. 
He replied, "You are the one who should do it." -This is how I 
became involved, but I have loved every minute of the time spent, 
only hope the OLD Ammonites are happy with this book. 
Within this book is over fifty years of OLD AMMON, the town 
before the modern additions and divisions were made. 
I, Miranda accept the full responsibility of the errors and 
responsibilities of Research. 
May you find joy in reading it! 



THE SETTLING OF AMMON 

NINETEEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY 

As told by Ada E. Owen Campbell 

In the early days when a boy was fifteen years of age, he 
was told, "You are old enough to earn your own living so goi" 
and my father, Al Owens, went - working at anything he could find 
- putting up telegraph lines, railroad, farm work. Father was at 
the joining of the transcontential railroad and saw them drive 
the Golden Spike in Utah. The last four or five years before the 
land that is now known as Ammon was opened up for settlement, he 
and four of his brothers had been panning gold at Leesburg, 
Idaho. Located just south of Salmon, Idaho. In the summers of 
course, they had been through this country and knew what it was 
like so as soon as it was open for settlement, grandfather, James 
Owen and his five sons, James Albert, William Franklin, Joseph 
Henry, Horace N. and Charles H. came and settled here m the 
spring of 1S85. 

The sagebrush was so tall they could ride horseback in it 
and never be seen. Father paid his filing claims with gold dust. 
Grandfathers place is what is known as the K. C. Jones Corner. 
Each had a quarter section. 

My father, James Albert Owens piece is what is known now as 
Delmar Andersons place. Uncle William F. Owen was what is now 
the Peterson Park. He built the old rock house which still 
stands in 1970. 

They homesteaded close together because the Indians were not 
far off. Uncle Joseph Owen's place was what is now the La Vern 
Judy's place. Uncle Daniel Owen's was the quarter section where 
the Dick Kelley's store is past Clifford Judy's home. Nathenial 
Owen had what is now the Whiting place. 

In the spring of 1886 mother's folks, Samuel Ellingford, 
came and homesteaded the quarter section west of James Albert 
Owen now owned by Elmer Holmgren. Mother was fourteen years of 
age. Her father and brothers got a cabin up and grandfather 
Ellingford wem: back to Utah to take care of the stock and crops 
until he could come in the fall. He had left his oldest son, 
William, in charge of things. He was sharecropping. 

Grandfather Owen was one of the men in the Mormon Battalion 
and they had to walk every step of the way. Grandfather James 
Owen went back to Ogden, Utah and he gave Uncle Will the money to 
buy the ground and donate it to the city of Am.mon. 

Father put up a log cabin about where Phinnes Ball's sheds 
are now, and cleared a place to plant wheat. After fighting 
rabbits and squirrels he managed to get a small crop of grain. 
He made a cradle with which he cut his first crop of grain. The 
grain was put on a canvas and beat with sticks to thrash tne 
grain out, then on a day when with a breeze, the grain was poured 
from one pan to another and txhe breeze rook the chaff out and in 
this way he got enough wheat and had it ground for his winter 
flour. The bran was used to feed the stock. 



Their music was father's violin, sometimes accompanied by 
mother, Rosa Ellingford's mouth organ. Father bought the violin 
when working on the telegraph lines from a man who was going to 
sell the violin. It was always his pride and joy and he could 
sure play it. 

In the year 1888 several families came. Rawson's, Williams, 
Empeys, Southwicks, A. C. Anderson, Thomas Hiatt, who played the 
accordian. This added immensely to the dance music as the town 
grew. ., This town was made a branch of lona. Arthur M. Rawson was 
put in as Presiding Bishop and father was put in as Sunday school 
superintendent in November 1889. As they kept on growing, in 
1891 the Church Authorities made the place a Ward, with Arthur M . 
Rawson as Bishop and he named the place Ammon after Ammon in the 
Book of Mormon. 

Christian Anderson moved here a few years later and in 1899 
was the second bishop of Ammon and in 1913 was preceded by 
Leonard B. Ball, who in 1929 was preceded by Lyle M. Anderson. 

I don't know the dates, but the following men were also 
bishops: Bishop Whiting, Reed Blatter, Clifford Judy, Artell 
Suitter. It was at the time of Artell Suitter that the 2nd Ward 
was made and those bishops have been:Clif ford Judy, Ferrell Ball, 
Molyn Young, William J. Cox, and Blaine B. Godfred who is our 
present bishop (1970). We now have five wards in Ammon. 

My father, James Albert Owen and Rosa Ellingford were 
married 12 December 1889 in the Logan Temple. I was the fourth 
daughter born in the little log cabin father built to homestead 
his place. 

When I was a baby mother was riding a horse to Eagle Rock 
(now Idaho Falls) with a basket of eggs and butter on one arm and 
me on the other. Women always rode sidesaddle in those days when 
all at once a couple of men who had built a dugout jumped on 
their horses and started following her. The sagebrush was real 
tall so she threw the basket of butter and eggs and took off into 
the brush and soon lost them. 

The snow was deep in the winter, so we had to travel in the 
bobsled and ours had the box of a sheep camp on it. We could sit 
on the sides or in the bottom of the sleigh and cover up and keep 
warm with quilts. 

In the summer we traveled in the lumber wagon. Later the 
buggy came to our town. We had to go to lona to our Stake 
Conferences as they had built a chapel about one-third the size 
of what it is today. 

The conferences I remember most was when Apostle Heber J. 
Grant would be visiting speaker because we always sang one 
certain song. The only one Apostle Grant could sing. 

We sometimes could have our 4th of July celebration at lona 
and other times they came down here. 

In 1912-13 our chapel was built and dedicated in 1913 by (I 
think) Apostle-Grant. We had our Stake Conferences here until 
the Stake House was built in Idaho Falls. As the Stakes grew, we 
then went to the 3rd ward, then to the 6th, 8th and then we made 
the Ammon Stake. Then our 2nd ward was built and dedicated for a 
Stake building. 



My sister, Olive Rosa Owens, was the first lady missionary 
from Ammon. This was in September, 1912. 

As a girl I remember the first brick making here on the John 
Empey road. It as a mile north of fathers homestead where you 
turn to go to the lona Cemetery. 

Charles Hays and Brothers made brick which is the brick 
these old houses are made of. He had something almost like a 
wheel borrow. It stood up on legs with another upside down on 
top. He would fill the bottom one with clay and bring the top 
down and press hard for a while, open it up and there was the 
bricks. I don't remember what they baked them in. 

Uncle William F. Owen had the first thrashing machine here, 
which was always a thrill to watch. The grain was cut with a 
binder, the shocks of grain was stood up 4-5 shocks to a spot 
until the grain was dry, then it was stacked, the heads in large 
round stacks with room enough between for the thresh machine. 

When the machine got to our place we all had to work fast as 
they came for breakfast, dinner and lunch. 

Uncle Will Owen went into politics so he sold the thresh 
machine. He was Superintendent of our school district. He was 
nineteen then, when they built the brick school house in 1902-03. 
My second year of school was in the new brick house the fall of 
1902. We had seven months school each year. A few years later 
increased it to eight months and as the village grew and spread 
out, school was increased to nine months. 

Before the log school was built in the 1890 's, school was 
held in homes where one of the wives was teacher. Then they built 
a frame school, then the brick. We had a one room frame dance 
hall with a stage in the back. From the stage on the north side 
there was a door, we could walk out on a platform, which covered 
the entrance to the Relief Society room which was under the 
stage. That is where I started school in 1901. 

In later years when they started Seminary classes here, they 
were held in the Relief Society room until the addition was put 
on the church, after which the old dance hall was torn down. 

The Village grew until 1930 when the membership of Ammon 
Ward was 739 including 198 children. Precinct in 1930 was 1,103 
of whom 270 resided in the Ammon Village. 

Father was tired of being flooded out in the spring when the 
snow melted, so he built the Rock House on the hill. They moved 
into the house just before Christmas 1897 although it wasn't 
quite finished. Mother said they nearly froze after living m a 
one room cabin. On March 19, 1898, my eldest brother, Albert, 
was born. Two years younger than I. 

We always had to walk to school, which was two and a quarter 
miles. We usually cut through the field and cut half the 
distance. In the winter the snow would be piled up until we could 
walk on the snow over the fences, canals and all. It got so cold 
there would be weeks when it would be 45 degrees below zero ar 
night, but pretty in the day. We were half frozen by the time we 
got CO school . 



Some one bought the log house and moved it, and whoever 
owned the Ammon Merc at that time bought the lumber school house 
and moved it beside the Ammon Merc and enlarged the store. I am 
sure that a number of farmers owned the store because my father 
had stock in it. 

As far back as I can remember it was Leo J. Neilson that had 
the store. 

As far back as I can remember, the school always put on a 
Christmas program. There was about ten to twelve children in 
each classroom, which was two grades. All through December we 
made popcorn chains to decorate our class window and also put on 
the Christmas tree, which several farmers would go to the hills 
to get. We put it on the stage of the dance hall. It took a lot 
of popcorn chains to go around the big tree. 

There was candle holders to fasten the candles on the tree 
and on Christmas eve these candles were lighted and our program 
started. Everyone had a part in the program. There were always 
two or three men there to see and watch the candles that they 
didn't set fire to the tree and would replace them as they burned 
low. 

Each parent was to put one small gift on the tree for each 
child and of course after the program Old Santa came to give out 
the presents. 

On May Day there was always a big celebration with the May 
Queen and the braiding of the May Pole. 

We also had our 4th and 24th of July celebrations. One 4th 
of July it snowed so hard everything was ruined and the bowery 
they put up didn't help much. 

On the 4th they had homemade cookies and goodies to sell and 
would always have a large wooden barrel about half full of 
lemonade which they sold for 5 cents a cup. We had to have our 
own cups which was tin and our galvanized plates to take to the 
parties . 

Eagle Rock was just a few small homes and small bank, post 
office and grocery store, all in one owned by the Anderson 
Brothers . 

The only way to cross the river was by ferry, which was 
one-half miles north. Father would tell about crossing on the 
ferry. 

When they settled here in 1885, they crossed the toll bridge 
which Matt Taylor had built. It cost $2.50 to cross. Father 
paid in gold dust. Matt Taylor had wash tubs to hold the gold 
dust he collected. 

Mother was fourteen when they moved here. She would work 
for the neighbors who needed help and her take home pa 'y would be 
maybe a dozen eggs, which was eight or nine cents, sometimes a 
pound of butter, vegetables or a chicken. 

We were taught to work when very young. Whenever mother 
went to the garden to work, she took me with her, so I learned to 
garden when very young. 

There were no refrigerators, we had a milk cellar close to 
the house and a potato cellar farther back. Father made a large 
box with screen wire on the sides and door, with shelves inside 



to stack milk on. We had wooden slats, put two across the 
bottom pan and set another pan of milk on top of that - three 
deep. We let it stand for twenty four hours then we could nearly 
always take the cream off in a big hunk. Of course the pigs got 
a lot of good milk. They sold all the cows except one. Mother 
got a separator, a tall insulated can which stood on three legs. 
Slanted and a tap and place to see when the cream got down. We 
drained off the milk and got fresh can for the cream. It was 
really neat. 

With cows to milk, we made butter, would take it to the 
store and trade it for groceries. Churning was a big job. With 
cream in the old wooden churn we would pull the dash up and down 
until the butter came. If the cream was room temperature or just 
the chill off, the butter came quickly. If not warm enough we 
really had to work at it, and end up sitting the churn in a pan 
of hot water for a few minutes to hurry it along. It would 
really bring results, especially on a cold winter day. 

After our wooden churn wore out, father carved a dash and 
lid for a two gallon earthen jar mother had, which worked well. 
At that time the creamery had started up in Idaho Falls, and the 
creamery wagon came around once a week to pick up the cream, so 
we only churned enough butter for our own use. 

We always made our own yeast, and we always kept a start for 
next time. We grated a potato and poured boiling water over it. 
Stirring good until the potato was cooked then let it stand until 
cool and add to our yeast start, add a little sugar so our yeast 
was ready to use. 

There was always beets to hoe and potatoes to weed and pick. 

On wash days the clothes were washed on the washboard then 
the white clothes were boiled in the boiler over a hot stove for 
a while then scrubbed on the board again before rinsing and 
hanging on the line to dry. Father would cut large piles of sage 
trunks before going to work. I always had to carry the wood in 
the house and when we ran out, I would try and chop more, so I 
learned the art of chopping wood very early. We four girls had 
to take the place of the sons father didn't have til later and it 
was my lot to do the outside chores also. 

On ironing days it was the same. We had to heat the irons 
on hot stoves. They were called Mrs. Potts Sad Irons - and they 
were. The first ones were made with handles on them, which got 
real hot. We had to make sure to have enough hot pads to handle 
them with. Then came the ones with the handles separate, which 
was a great improvement. 

Our underskirts or petticoats, as they were called, were 
four yards aroung and there was generally a narrower one under 
the four yard ruffle. Everything was starched and dampened, so 
there were plenty to iron withniVie girls- in the family, three 
boys and our mother and father also. 

Then the washer came to town! What an invention 1 It was 
like a large wooden tub on legs. The lid had the pegs on which 
whirled the clothes and the faster we turned the wheel, the 
faster the clothes moved. The clothes were run through two suds 
and rinsed twice, or one suds and one boilina. Winh about ten 



loads every week, it run into work. 

Our second washer was one that had a handle to push back and 
forth. It was all hard work either way, but you didn't have time 
for mischief. The first suds was warm water with plenty of home 
made soap. The second suds was hot water with the soap so the 
•clothes really looked nice. 

As I said before, we had no refrigrators then, but later on 
the Ice box came on the market. It had a compartment on top to 
hold ice which would have to be replaced about three times a 
week. The ice man came around to the house. Will Bingham was 
our ice man for a long while. In the winter after the river had 
frozen, a number of men would go saw large squares of ice and it 
was hauled to a one room log house and covered thick with 
sawdust, which kept it all summer. When we wanted to make ice 
cream, we would go get a large piece of ice, wash it off, and 
break it in small pieces to pack around the freezer, with plenty 
of course salt. Our hon>e_ made ice cream_ was sure good. And is 
today when made that way. 

Then came the silent movies in Idaho Falls. There was the 
Dime theater, the Scenic, but we didn't get to see many of these, 
as the men had to work hard all day and rest at night, but we did 
have the traveling shows, and when they came to Ammon, father 
would stay home with the little children and let mother take us 
older children. She liked the traveling shows and some times her 
eldest brother would be with the show. Uncle Will Ellingford in 
later years played the part of Geronimo in the movies. 

Father always liked the circus and rodeo. Ringling Brothers 
would bring their circus to town for a week, just west of the 
river bridge. The sage was cleared and tents were put up. 
Always there was a big parade which we always looked forward to. 

Mother liked the parade but not the circus (we had a white 
topped buggy by then) . We all went to the parade, then father 
would buy a loaf of bread, a round of bologna and we ate lunch. 
Then mother would go visit Aunt Lizzy Owen and Uncle William F. 
Owen, who had moved to town and didn't like circuses and rodeos 
either, so mother had a good visit with them, and took care of 
the little ones while I watched the rest as we enjoyed the circus 
and the rodeo. 

While in Ammon, Ada Campbell and Tillie Purcell were 
presented fourteen year pin as an award for being cooks at the 
Ammon School and for serving so diligently. They were both 
excellent cooks and the children loved their kind personalities. 

INFORMATION BY DELBERT GROBERG: At Ammon Ward conference 
November 23, 195.2, of a reading he had obtained from a^ mircofilm 
of "Idaho Falls Times" at the library "Ammon News Notes 1912-13" 
a mass meeting was held in Ammon 18 March 1912 to discuss 
prospects of building a new meeting house. Cement was poured for 
foundation July 9, 1912; prospects of electric lights, September 
3, 1912. Brick laying done by masons during summer before winter 
set in. Roff was in place. Finishing and painting done during 
winter. Cost: $15,000.00. The new church was dedicated April 
13, 1913 by James E. Talmadge. Hyram G. Smith, patriarch of the 
church was also present. There were 500 in attendance. 



In 1911 Ozone became a Hillsdale Branch of Ammon, in 1912 
Ozone became a ward. November 3, 1912, a testimonial was held 
for Olive Owen, the first lady missionary born and raised in 
Ammon, as there was no mission home at that time, she was 
interviewed one day by a doctor and was on her way to Chicago the 
next. She lived fifteen months in the mission home there. In 
Springfield, Illinois one whole family was baptized. In her 
patriarchal blessing she was promised health -- she had always 
had rheumatism before going. 

We have no date, but Joseph Empey was the first man from 
Ammon to fulfill a mission. 

Ada Owen Campbell died 14 October 1972 and was buried in the 
Ammon Cemetery 16 October, 1972 so did not get all the story or 
names finished. 

JAMES ALBERT OWEN by daughter Ada Owen Campbell 

As James A. was one of the first settlers and the first of 
six Owens that came in 1885 to Ammon, they were James A., William 
H. , Joseph, Nathaniel, Daniel and Charles H. 

James Albert was born November 2, 1852 in Ogden, Utah. His 
father, James Cclgrove Owen and mother was Sariah Rawson. James 
Colgrove was born in Sunderlandvil le , Potter County, 
Pennsylvania. He joined the Mormon battlion when yet a lad. 

The grand parents crossed the plains with ox teams, arriving 
safely in the Salt Lake Valley. 

Albert's father, James, worked on the Salt Lake Temple, and 
Albert played on those wide walls. Albert was at the driving of 
the Golden Spike joining the railroads near Corrine, Utah. He 
also helped put the telephone lines through Malad and to Salt 
Lake City. He helped move the narrow gauge railroad through 
Eagle Rock. Albert was with some of his brothers out at 
Leesburg, Idaho working in the mines when the gold fever was so 
high there. 

In 1885 Albert left the mines and filed on a homestead in 
Ammon. He paid his filing fees with gold dust and also built a 
log cabin on his claim. 

The sage brush was huge above the deep fertile soil, but the 
brush all had to be removed. There were many blistered hands and 
aching backs. Gloves were a luxury, and keeping their bare feet 
shod was a task in itself so much walking and rough work had to 
be done. Albert cradled his first crop of grain by cutting it 
and tying it in bundles. He made their first baby cradle. 

The Ellingfords joined his claim on the west. They were the 
ninth family to settle in the community in 1886. There is an 
article about them to follow, so here I will tell about: Albert 
meeting Rosa Ellingford and marrying her. 

Albert had a violin and played for most of the dances. 
School, church and community dances were held in the log house 
the settlers had built. As he fiddled, he kept his eye on Rosa 
and eventually had a love affair. They were married December 12, 
1889 in the Logan Temple. Albert was thirty-seven and his bride, 
Rosa was sixteen. 

Albert had worked all his life to make a living. He had 



only twelve months of school, but was a good financier and hard 
worker and he soon had an independent way to live with his family 
with no worries about payments and where they were going to live. 

In 1889 Ammon ward was organized from Zona and Albert was 
the first Sunday School Superintendent. 

The little cabin he and Rosa lived in leaked terribly, but 
their first four children were born in it. About 1890 he built 
the rock house on the hill north of the old log cabin. This 
house still stands, sturdy and strong in 1977. 

The first bank was a box four inches by six inches by ten 
inches that was kept in the cellar (probably the cellar door was 
kept lock) . 

Albert and Rosa planted the first orchard - two and a half 
acres of with plums, pears and apples. 

The only music the family had was Albert's violin with Rosa 
coming in on the harmonica. The children loved this. Some of 
the tunes they played were: Peek-A-Boo, Turkey in the Straw, Pop 
goes the Weasel, and Arkansas Traveler. Albert's favorite tune 
was "My Old Fiddle and I". 

ROSA ELLINGFORD OWEN Mid-wife Nurse from record 

Rosa was born April 18, 1873 in Essex, England. She came to 
America in 1877 with her father, Samuel and mother, Eliza Grover 
Ellingford. They sailed on the ship "Wisconsin". The passengers 
were asked to have 'tea' with the captain. This invitation was 
for those who had children age four and older. He had a way with 
children . 

Ellingfords came to Weber County, Utah and lived in Morgan. 

Rosa had ten months of schooling, but learned such from the 
school of experience, of which she had many. She learned to knit 
at five years old, and could ride horses real well. 

When Rosa came to Ammon in 1886, it was only a branch at 
lona, as Sunday school was help in the different homes before 
they had a house. 

The only way to cross Snake River ws on the ferry at Eagle 
Rock until the Anderson Brothers built a toll bridge. One time 
when she went across the bridge, the toll taker short changed her 
$1.00. He gave her only fifty cents back. 

Samuel, Rosa's father, homesteaded one hundred sixty acres 
on the side of Sand Creek, west of Albert Owens. The place there 
now is owned by Holmgren. There were nine homesteads in the 
small vicinty then. 

Rosa and Albert was married December 12, 1889 in the Logan 
Temple by W. W. Merrill. They made their home on the homestead 
Al had proved upon. This first house was a one room log with sod 
and leaky roof. Pans were set around to catch the rain and leaks 
in the walls when Sand Creek overflowed. The little cabin stood 
about where Phineas Ball's sheds are today, and was surrounded by 
Sand Creek. 

James Albert bought a brand new black surrey buggy several 
years after they moved into the rock house. It had fringe on the 
top. It was about 1912 about the time the Wright Brothers had 
improved their first airplane. They put on feats and 



and demonstrations all over the U. S. This particular year 
they came to what was called Reno Park, where the big War Bonnet 
Round Ups were held. 

Albert took a buggy load of children in to Idaho Falls to 
see their first plane. When Orville and his brother "took off" 
there was a terrific roar, suction, and dust. The horses on this 
new buggy became so frightened he made us all crawl out while he 
held them by the bits and later tied them real short to a post. 
They, the horses, became frantic when the machine roared over us. 
I was one of those children. (By Miranda C. Stringham) 

The sage brush was so high and thick it was all one could 
see for miles. They could ride on horse back without being seen. 

The valley was wild, no fences, no trees except along Sand 
Creek and the river. There were many trails to cut off distance 
but one had to know the trails. 

Many of the people would walk to lona for church. Rosa and 
her mother walked the seven miles, as Ammon Branch was that far 
away in 18 89. 

The church house in Zona was a sixteen foot square, but held 
all the people then. Now, in 1980 there are many wards and 
several Stakes in both Ammon and Zona. 

Kidd Owen's house was one mile east of lona on the foot 
hil Is . 

Squirrels and rabbits ate much of the crops. Food was very 
scarce the first few years. 

James and Nathaniel Owens were bachelors as was Bart Carter. 

ZELLA MAY OWEN Owen's Record 

Zella was the daughter of Warren and Nancy Clemtine Louder 
Owen. She was a school teacher and taught from 1911 to 1973. 
She was in the school system sixty-seven years in Idaho Falls. 
She taught ten years at Emerson, five ■ years at East Side. 
Because she was having trouble with her eyes, she worked as a 
clerk at Clair E. Gale from 1942 until she retired in 1978. 

MARY ABIGAIL GROW OWEN (Sister of Horace Grow of Ammon) by 
Amelia 

She was the wife of Joseph Henry Owen. She grew up as a 
playmate with David 0. McKay in Huntsville, Utah. She kept in 
touch with him during her life. 

Charles, the oldest son of Joseph and' Mary had attended 
Weber College in Odgen, Utah while President McKay was the 
principal there. 

Mary and Joseph met in Camas, Idaho when he was an engineer 
on the railroad. 

After their third child, Charles, was born, they moved to 
Ammon where he homesteaded as told in his story. Six more 
children were born there. 

Joseph died quite young so Mary and her six surviving 
children moved back to Ogden. Here another child was born, five 
months after Joseph's death. 

Mary and her children moved back to Ammon in. 190 3. Here she 
held many important positions. 



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After her children became college age, she would move each 
fall to Logan, Utah then to Ammon in the spring. She did this 
for about nine years. She worked in the temple at Logan. 

HORACE NATHANIEL OWEN Owen's Record 

Married Mary Mellie Shurtliff in the Logan Temple. They 
moved to Ammon in a wagon less than a year after her marriage. 
Than (as her husband was called) had a log cabain built on one 
hundred -sixty acres the year before they were married in 1887. 
Many long years of hard toil - prospered greatly at last, built a 
house in town. Had pneumonia and wanted to move to a warmer 
climate so they sold out to John Ball and moved back to Ogden. 

CHARLES HANFORD OWEN 

Married Mary Jane Taylor of Farr West, Utah. He was the 
youngest in the family of eight. He was very studious and was 
given every advantage in education. He studied education and 
dramatics and took part in these all his life. He moved in Ammon 
in 1893 with his wife and three children. He taught school in 
Zona and Ammon for years. 

He had many trials. He filled a mission in 1896-98. Mary 
returned to Farr West to live with her parents. They never 
returned to Idaho again to live. He worked in railroad shops, 
ran a grocery store and sold it after Mary's health failed in 
about 1908. Their son, Jenins, bought it. 

He married later to an old friend, Mary Phillips Stewart 
Brown, and lived in Ogden, Utah. 

WILLIAM FRANKLIN OWEN, SR. Owen's Record 

Another son of James C. and Sariah came from Ogden with his 
father and brothers. He homesteaded one hundred-sixty acres in 
Bingham County - joining Ammon townsite on east between the plot 
of town and Thomas Hiatts. 

William had the first thresh machine, which ws a great 
convenience to the homesteaders. 

In 1900 he became Republican candidate for County 
Commissioner and he filled the office well. 

In 1902 he was elected to the state legislature by a 
handsome majority. 

He married Miss Elizabeth Rawson January 1, 1877 in Ogden. 

He served on the High Council of the LDS church. He helped 
in the construction of the first school house before he built his 
own home. He did much in the construction of irrigating canals 
in the county. He built the first shingle roofed house in Ammon. 
He was a very community spirited man. 

JOSEPH HENRY OWEN 

Son of James C. and Sariah Rawson Owen. He spent his 
boyhood days in Ogden attending public schools and the Weber 
Academy. He taught some classes there. He worked in a broom 
factory at age fourteen, then in 1882 he was an engineer for the 
railroad. His train was a helper train from Beaver Canyon going 
through Cammas , Idaho while there was a large, thriving mining 



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town. 

He met her, Mary Abigail Grow, at Gammas and they were 
married in the Logan Temple. Her people were from Huntsville, 
Utah. They homesteaded in 1885 at South Zona, Idaho. The 
railroad took him away a lot, but they did get a quarter section 
across from where the Ammon store is today, 1970. LaVern Judy is 
on part of it. They bought the first buggy out of Idaho Falls. 

He was the Ammon Ward Glerk in 1899 and first counselor to 
Bishop Ghristian Anderson. He died from cerbral hemmorhage. 

SILAS RAWSON - 1887 

He married Mary Hegstead and wasone of the early pioneers of 
the Lewisville, Idaho area in 1889. They lived in a one room 
cabin. Silas served in the Goltman Bishopric for several years 
with Bishop Eber Bauer. 

They had eleven children in hardships and lack of 
conveniences . 

Mary lived to be one hundred-ten years old and was taken to 
Ogden for burial. 

Silas dug the first well in Lewisville and it as 
eighty-seven feet deep. 

He died in Ogden in 1950 and was buried there. 

NORTON ' S 

This family was among the very first about 1884 on Sand Greek 
near lona. Frank had some land two miles north on Lincoln Ammon 
road near the present Gountry Gorner. The land was once owned by 
Sam Southwick. 

Jack Norton, Jr. was sheriff of Bingham Gounty (as it was 
known at that time) . It later became Bonneville Gounty. 

The land one mile north and one mile east was rented by 
David Charley Gampbell for two different years - one of them 
being 1904 when he was living there and the writer of this 
article, Miranda G. Stringham was born there. Gampbell also 
rented the Norton place five years later in 1909-10. Maurice 
Gampbell was born there in 1906. 

Jack and Roy Norton had homesteaded in Yuker valley real 
early - about 1906-08. There is still a well up a little draw on 
the east side of the road just past the old sand hill where the 
road crosses the big culvert. 

JOHN FRANKLIN NORTON From G.U.P. History Book 

John was the son of James Wiley Norton and Nancy Hammer 
Norton. Nancy's father, Austin Hammer, was killed by the mob at 
Hauns Mill Massacre. 

The six Hammer children and widowed mother, Nancy, endured 
many hardships as they made their way to Navuov, Illinois where 
their grandparents, Josiah and Rebecca Hammer lived. Later two 
daughters, Nancy and Rebecca, married the two Norton brothers, 
James and Wesley. 

These young couples were some of the first to cross the 
plains in 1848. They made their home in Salt Lake where John 
became the first sheriff of Utah. 



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The children of John and Rebecca were: John F. ninth of 
thirteen children, Amanda, Fidelia, Sarah, Ruf us , Wiley, James 
R. , Maryette, Leander, Rebecca R., Elizabeth, Alnyra and Alfred. 

John finally arrive in 1884 at his brothers place (Rufus and 
Leander) in Eagle Rock where each had filed on sixty acres. He 
was taking a herd of horses to Montana to sell. They were needed 
badly there for the freighting business. When Indians attacked 
him, he fought them off with a blacksnake whip. 

His brother urged him to homestead around Eagle Rock (Idaho 
Falls) . The next morning John went out to round up his horses 
and found a beautiful piece of land that had been fire swept from 
the brush - all ready for the plow. 

Two other fellows came also interested in the same piece of 
land. This land was ab -.out a mile south of Lincoln and three 
miles from Eagle Rock. The place was then in lona area, but 
later was called Ammon - they owned property in the Ammon Ward. 
The land agent was at Rexburg, but the Snake River had to be 
crossed and it was in the spring when the waters were 
treacherous. He had to beat those other men to the agent. He 
ferried on his horse across at Menan, rode aroung the buttes, 
crossed North Fork on another ferry. 

The ferryman pointed to some willows in the middle of the 
stream - that was the other side. John asked the ferryman to 
take him to the willows and let him and his horse off. He said 
to John, "If you ever come back from Rexburg, I'll meet you, but 
I'm sure you'll never come back. That river is suicide." 

John jumped his horse. They went completely out of sight. 
The horse struggled to touch bottom and emerged on the other 
side. John waved to the ferryman. He was sure the other fellows 
could not beat him now. 

He had to have the paper in Malad before Eagle Rock agent 
left there. He recrossed the North Fork, rode into Market Lake to 
the post office, caught the narrow gauge train and got off at 
Malad. True to his promise, the ferryman came out to meet him. 
John boarded the ferry and let his horse swim close to the ferry, 
away from the merciless current. 

John slept beside his horse that night to show how proud he 
was of her. He heard the train out of Market Lake whistle at 
midnight then went to sleep. 

The other fellows met the agent the day he returned from 
Malad and were very disappointed that John had filed before them. 

Life was lonely for a bachelor, so he oftened attended 
neighborhood parties. In December, 1885 John visited the Copes 
he had known in Lehi, Utah. A young lady, Margaret Williams was 
there. She was only fifteen and was with her sister, but a 
romance blossomed. John and Margaret were married- Valentine's 
Day, 1886 and they remained sweethearts through the years. 

To them v/as born: LeRoy (nicknamed Roy), Catherine, John 
Viley (Jack) , Jennie, and Franklin (Franky) . Jack Norton was 
sheriff of Bonneville County, which had been created from a 
portion of Bingham County. 

John Franklin was called on a mission to the northwestern 
states when the youngest Frank was only two years old. John was 
Sunday School Superintendent for many years around lona and 



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Ammon. 

John was always a true judge of horses and loved them. He 
was a man six feet tall, with an average weight of 230 pounds. 
Margaret was also a tall, heavy woman. 

After they retired from the homestead, they built an 
apartment house across from the LDS hospital in Idaho Falls. When 
the apartment house was torn down a tree was left in the corner 
of the front lawn. It still stands today. The temple grounds 
has a part of the Norton Residence in its yards. 

CHARLES HAYES By Jesse Hayes 

Jesse said his people came to Ammon about 1388 - as far as 
he can remember. His father was Charles and his mother was 
Elizabeth. His brother and sisters were: Douglas, Clifford, 
Jesse, Maggie and Leona, both deceased. 

Their homestead was located one and one-fourth miles east 
and one-half mile south of the Kelley's Store. The home was out 
by itself with the Gardner Ditch on the foothills east of them. 

When Jesse was eight years old they moved. He attended his 
first two years of school in Ammon. His two sisters, Maggie and 
Leona died with diptheria. 

Charley and his brothers made brick south and east of the 
townsite of Ammon. 

For many years Jesse worked for the Building and 
Construction Com' pany as a contractor. He is the father of three 
boys: James R., (deceased); Jesse Earl, Charles Reed, and one 
girl, Charlene Bergstrom. He has eight grandchildren. 

When a boy, Charles homesteaded on Twin Creeks about two 
miles south of Bone, Idaho. He went up there with his parents 
about 1914. The homesteaded one hundred-sixty acres. They built 
a three room house, a barn, grainary and cow shed on it. Charles 
also built bridges over the Twin Creeks. He placed the abutments 
for High Bridge and Clowards Crossing on Willov; Creek. About 
twenty-five acres of the homestead were aspen trees. These were 
cut and the ground cleared and Charles raised blue mashantuck 
potatoes there. 

The Hays children skied two and a half miles to the Bone 
school. There were about twenty-five children there. All eight 
grades met in a one room house. It was a log building that was 
used for dances and church. 

The first Bone Store was a school house moved from Duncan's 
and built on too. 

After he retired, Jesse Hays traveled a lot - to New York, 
Alaska, and spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona. His dear 
companion died in 1978. __ 

MASH WILLIAMS 

Thomas E. Mash, and others came from rhe little town near 
Malad, Idaho called Samaria, in about 1896. 

Mash and his sons. Jack and Spencer homesteaded ground on 
Sellar's Creek about 1900, where the Ammon Stake Farm now is 
located . 

Williams operated a dip-vat in rhe hills where sheep'were 
treated for ticks. It was located at rhe head of Birch Creek. 



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The Williams had their children in school at Ammon in the 
winters around Ammon from 1896 to 1916 they probably rented 
smaller houses on the farms there. 

Elvin, a younger brother who lived with Jack would ski to 
Bone for school, about four miles. 

Spencer Williams was post master at Bone for many years. 
They lived in Jeppson's, back of the store. Etta, his wife, did 
not care for the hills, so he built her a nice home in the 
val ley. 

Children of Mash and his wife: Mash Lewis, Spencer, 
Elizabeth, Martha, Jack, Ethel, Flossie, Vern, Olive Mae, William 
Brian, Archie L. , Elvin, and Melvin (deceased) . 

ALFRED EMPEY By Arthur Empey & Mildred 

Came to Idaho from Lehi, Utah in November, 1898 and bought a 
farm in Ammon. 

Alfred married Maria Lewis. They had ten children: Mrs. Ray 
(Alice) Edwards, Mrs. Joe (Becky) Storer, Mrs. Bert (Cathie) 
Carter. Ruth and Earl (both deceased) Lee of Ogden, Utah, Arthur 
of Pheonix, Arizona, Owen of Idaho Falls, Mrs. Vestal (Edith) 
Christensen and Mrs. Lee (Lottie) Christensen both of Shelley. 

Alfred liked livestock and always had horses and cattle 
around him. He told a story of his work as a youth. He said 
that he and his brother, Joseph, was supposed to walk on the 
grain that was piled for threshing. In looking for an easier 
way, they rode their horses around on the grain. Their father 
was dismayed thinking they had ruined it, but when the straw was 
blown away there remained good fresh wheat. 

Maria, his wife drove a team and wagon from Utah to Ammon 
with seven small children. Alfred rode the horses and drove the 
stock. They were discouraged with Idaho's wind, but after they 
found such fertile soil decided to stay. 

They bought land from the Bybee ' s south of Ammon - one miles 
and a guarter west of Kelley's Store. The children rode horses 
to school . 

In 1914 Alfred bought some land from Mash Williams on 
Sellars Creek in the hills and filed a homestead there. The 
family spent many happy summers there, moving to Ammon in the 
f al 1 for school . 

Their home in the hills was open to travelers. Maria was a 
good cook and always willing to help anyone in need. She was 
crippled in her legs from birth, but made up for her handicap 
with her useful hands. 

Alfred and family raised head lettuce to sell in Idaho Falls 
that they raised on their mountain home. The children said this 
was a real job. Bottom willow land was cleaned -off, sticks 
removed and prepared for spring planting. The frost often 
touched their crop so they abandoned it and stuck to cattle. 
(Taken from daughter, Edith's story). 

Earl and his wife, Mildred, spent twenty-seven summers on 
the ranch after their marriage. 

Mildred Empey says that after Alfred's death, the boys sold 
much of the acguired property in the hills to the Ammon Stake, 
Church of Jesus Christ of LDS . About one thousand, six hundred 

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and eighty acres. In Ammon/ the Empeys had a new home in Ammon 
townsite, across the street north of the elementary school. 
After a few years Earl and Mildred lived there after Alfred and 
Maria passed on. At the time of this writing, Earl is gone. 
Mildred lives in a beautiful new home just north of this old home 
on the Alfred Empey winter place. 

THE EMPEY RANCH ON SELLARS CREEK written March 1963 by Mildred 
Empey 

Alfred Empey came to Idaho in November 1898 and bought a 
farm in Ammon. In 1914 he filed a claim on Sellars Creek. 
Alfred liked livestock and always had some around him. He 
especially liked good horses. He wa^ fearless, courageous, and 
honest. June 1935 his wife, Maria, died and he grieved for her 
until 26 October, 1937, after a short illness, he died. He was 
seventy-four years, nine months, and six days old. 

Soon after Alfred filed his homestead claim on Sellars Creek 
he had lumber hauled from the Durfee saw mill, to build a two 
room frame house to live in. After he built his house he spent 
the summers there. His family went with him and they cleared the 
land and raised hay and grain and beautiful gardens and run 
cattle on the ranch. 

About 1918 many more homesteaders came into the territory. 
Among them were - Jack Meyers, Emuel Meyers, Mrs. Wooley, Roy 
Stewart, Reddicks, Spur locks. Prophets, Winders, Howes, 
Christensens , Spritzers, Sayers, Smiths, Hunters, Butlers, 
Stevens, Busenbarks, Lee Empey, A. J. Stanger and Ed Stapels. 

Many of the original homesteaders disposed of their 
homesteads after they proved up on them and in -1930 the Jones, 
Howes, Christensens and Empeys were about all that were left on 
Sellars Creek near the Empey homestead. 

Lee Empey and family lived ac the Alfred Empey ranch one 
summer. In 1936 Earl and Mildred Empey and family went there to 
live. They spent the next twenty-seven summers there. 

In 1935-36 Earl and Oren Empey bought the original Alfred 
Empey homestead from Alfred, the Reddick place, Jack Meyers, 
Emuel Meyers, the Wooley place and the Rebecca Williams place 
from the Wright Investment Company. They bought the Lee Empey 
homestead on Zeigler Mountain from Lee Empey and the Jack 
Williams place from Jack Williams. It made a good ranch and they 
cleared willows and trees from many acres of the land and raised 
grain and hay on uhe farming land and ran cattle on the grazing 
land. 

In March, 1962 they sold the farm to the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter Day Saints. This farm was originally known as 
the Sellars place. Sellars had a squatters right to the place. 
Then it was called the Williams ranch. The following places were 
in the Empey ranch that was sold to the LDS church: Jack 
Williams, Reddick, Lee Empey ' s homestead. Jack Meyers place, 
Emuel Meyers place, Wooley place, Rebecca William's place and the 
Alfred Empey homestead. It contained one thousand six hundred 
eighty acres more or less. 

There were many neighbors and friends there as the years 
went bv: The Frank Stancer, Cornell Davis, The Butlers, the 



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Sayers, the Jones, The Schoombines, Caldwells, Johnsons, Meyers, 
Robinsons, Keplingers, Days, Christensens , and many more. 

Our children, Darrell, Helen and Madolyn enjoyed the hills 
very much. They gained much from the natural beauty of the 
hills. We hope the people who lived there the next thirty years 
will enjoy it as much as we did. 

JOHN EMPEY By Paul Empey (grandson) 

I, John Empey, was born in Lehi, Utah on the 28th day of 
March 1865 to Shadrack Empey and Ann Athes Empey. They 
immigrated from Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England. Then crossed 
the plains in 1852 with the George Kendall Company and settled in 
Lehi, Utah. 

I was told that when I was born I was a very healthy baby, 
so my mother put me on a bottle and nursed my older brother 
because he was a very frail child and she was afraid he would die 
if she took him from the breast. By the time I was two I was 
larger than my brother. 

I spent my early childhood helping my father and attending 
school and church in the same log building. I only went to the 
fourth grade. I loved the outdoors so much and my parents 
couldn't keep me in shcool . I loved to hunt ducks and chickens. 
I got so good I was known as the best shot in Lehi. 

I was baptized by my father, Shadrack, in a stream, on the 
18th day of October, 1875 and confirmed by William Winn. 

When I was eighteen years old I went to work in Lacchlia, 
Idaho in the Gilmore Mines. I cut wood to be made into charcoal 
to be burnt in the smelter to melt the lead. While at this mining 
town I saw a man killed for cheating at cards. After working 
there almost a year I returned to Lehi to visit my sweetheart and 
family. 

I came back to Idaho the next year to homestead some land. 
I went to lona and there we picked out some land. I was too young 
to file a claim so John Molen, a good friend who was twenty-one, 
filed on the one hundred sixty acres of ground. The homestead 
was a little north of the lona Road and west of lona. We both 
agreed to split the land. That summer we cut the logs and had 
them hewn to build a cabin. In the fall I returned again to 
Lehi, this time to ask Almira to be my wife, and she consented. 

I was ordained an Elder on December 2, 1886 by my brother, 
Joseph Empey. We then traveled to Logan, Utah in a wagon where I 
took out my endowments and was married to Almira Ceretta Norton 
on December 15, 1886. 

In the spring of 1887 I drove a team and wagon back to lona. 
Almira came a little later on the train. She came as far as she 
could which was Pocatello, Idaho. I met her there with the wagon 
and took her to lona. 

As I traveled to Idaho I had some chickens in a box. As 
soon as I stopped in the evening to graze the horses I let the 
chickens out and when it got dark they would get back in their 
box. I had fresh eggs all the way. 

The house wasn't built yet so we turned the wagon box upside 
down and propped it up and lived in that for awhile. 

I worked in a sav;mill on Sheep Mountain to get the boards 

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for the roof and the floor of our one roomed log house. We also 
lived in a barn for a while before we got the house built. We 
had a garden and my father sent us some dried fruit as payment on 
some sheep I left in Lehi. 

In September of 1887, while we were still living in lona 
twins were born to us but died in birth. On September 29, 1888 a 
son was born to us and we called him John Alfred Empey. 

In September of 1889 I sold the claim in lona and moved to 
south lona. On February 12, 1893 the name was changed to Ammon. 
We purchased a claim in what is now Ammon and settled on the 
place I now own. We lived in a one room log house three quarters 
of mile east of Ammon on Sunnyside Road. It was built with square 
nails and a dirt floor and dirt roof. In this house James 
Shadrack Empey was born on September 18, 1890. He was the first 
male child born in Ammon. We later marked the logs and with the 
help of Jim Southwick, Joe Empey and Ephriam Empey, we moved it up 
the hill in one day. We moved the house a quarter of a mile east 
on the north east corner of my place. We then built another room 
on. Jim Southwick hewed the logs for us. We covered the inside 
with canvas stretched as tight as we could and then whitewashed 
it. Then we added a board floor. 

I took a brick and rubbed the rough floor boards until they 
were smooth. 

On April 22, 1892 another son was born to us and we called 
him Azer Eugene Empey. 

We attended the south lona Branch held in a home just across 
the road north of our place. This was changed to the south lona 
Ward with Bishop Rawson. It was changed again on February 12,1893 
to the Ammon Ward. 

Besides the original homestead we bought seventy-three acres 
from William Grow. We first farmed the part west of the house 
and down closer by the railroad because there was water there. 
We had to grub sage brush and burn it before we could plow the 
ground. The ditch came down from the slew through what is now the 
Phenis Ball place. One of the first things I did on the new 
homestead was to plant a large orchard of thirty-five trees just 
south of our house. For years children loved to come and eat my 
strawberry crab apples. 

We had to go"^Athe hills to get posts to fence the ranch and 
build stables and corrals. Sometimes Almira would go with me 
because of Indians and men who sometimes passed through the 
valley. We also had to get wood to burn because it was the only 
fuel we had. One time I was getting wood, I had laid my rifle 
down by a tree. When I looked up there was a mountain lion a few 
feet away looking at me'. I just stood still and looked at him, 
and he looked back at me. Finally he turned and ran off into the 
timber. My legs were so weak I could hardly stand on them. 

We had to haul water in wooden barrels from Sand Creek or 
from Rawson' s well which was across the road. I decided I would 
like a well so I got a fellow named Cal Zidings to dig it. Ke 
came from the hills and was broke so we payed hici a dollar a day 
partly payed with deer meat. He worked in the well filling a cut 
off twenty gallon barrel. I would then pull it up when he gave 
me a signal by wiggling the rope and empty it. We hauled it up 



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by hooking a horse to a large rope with a pulley over the well 
and hooked to the barrel. When we got down eighty-three feet we 
struck solid lava but we could hear the water flowing under the 
rock. We drilled holes in -the rock and blasted it. When Cal 
went back down the water was waist deep. We hooked a chain on 
the rock and pulled it out. Something quite curious was the 
water ran north but the surface water runs southwest. 

I always liked livestock, perhaps better than the actual 
raising of crops. One of the things I did was to build a very 
fine barn just west of the log house. I had a carpenter come 
from Lehi to build it. We built it sixty-seven feet long and 
thirty-five feet wide with a chicken coop on the south side and a 
cow barn on the north side. The center was for horses. In the 
top we had a loft for hay so we could drop the hay down directly 
into the feed racks. We also built sheds for the sheep to lamb 
in. I built a blacksmith shop with a forge and anvil and other 
shop equipment needed to shoe horses. There was also all the 
equipment to rebuild the equipment needed on a ranch. 

The rest of our children were born in the old log house 
before we built the new brick house. They were: Azer Eugene, 
born April 22, 1892; Ira Leander, born March 16, 1894; Ceretta 
Ann born November 4, 1895; Floyd Edward born July 7, 1897; Guy 
Ephriam born December 15,1898; Verda Almira born February 18, 
1900; Effie Marie born April 20, 1902; and Leatha Elta born 
September 20, 1903. 

Our lives were saddened when we lost our little one year 
old, Leath a. She died of pn^onia on the 27th of October, 1904. 

In 1904 we built a very fine brick house. Downstairs we had 
a parlor for parties and company, a large kitchen, a bedroom for 
Almira and me, and a pantry. Upstairs we had four bedrooms for 
the children. In front we had a porch. We planted a pine tree 
and Almira loved flowers so we had two large bunches of peonies 
on either side of our front walk. She also loved to plant 
pansies on the north of the house. We had a very fine garden 
just south of the brick house. It had raspberries, current 
bushes, rhubarb and strawberries besides the annual vegetables we 
planted every year. 

I had been elected as a county commissioner in Bingham 
County, so when they made Bonneville County, Govenor Hawley 
appointed me a commissioner of Bonneville County because I lived 
in the new county. We met on the 17th day of February, 1911, in 
the rooms of the Club of Commerce in the city of Idaho Falls. 

One of the first threshing machines was driven by horse 
power. We hooked six teams to an upright shaft. As the teams 
walked in a circle they turned a shaft which lead to the 
separator. Two men threw the bundles into the separator, two men 
held sacks to catch the wheat. The straw was taken out on a long 
belt and was drug away with two horses hooked to a straw fork. 
One pulled the straw away from the separator and the other pulled 
the fork back into position. This machine was owned by my 
brother, Joe, Cal Zitting and Bill Owens. 

We did all our plowing and work with horses. We planted 
potatoes by plowing a furrow with a walking plow then walked 
along with a bag over our shoulders with seed in it which we 



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dropped into a furrow. Then we went back with a plow to cover 
the seed. We dug the potatoes by plowing them with a walking 
plow and then using a fork to stick in the ground shake the soil 
off of the potatoes. I sold some of my first potatoes by hauling 
them in the wagon up to the Caribou mountains where there was a 
lot of Chinese mine workers there, mining for gold. This trip 
took three days. 

We planted grain by hand by taking the seed in a bag around 
our neck then as we walked we took a handful and broadcast it on 
the ground, then harrowed it under. 

The only tractor I owned we bought in the late 1920 's. It 
was a used twin city tractor. It had large steel wheels and was 
driven by burning oil. We plowed in a circle going around the 
field. I was going to conference in Salt Lake and forgot to 
drain the water out and it froze and broke the block. We had 
Sheehan weld it. 

I had the first telephone in Ammon. 

We had carb -ide lights before we got electric lights. The 
carb ide light was made by putting a powder that when dipped in 
water made a gas. This was piped to the light and then lit. We 
had the gas piped into the barn. The carb< ide lights were much 
better than the old kerosene light we used before we got the 
carb ide lights but not as good as electric lights. 

Sheep were almost my financial downfall. I wanted to buy a 
herd of yearlings so I went to the bank and mortgaged my farm to 
pay for them. Well, it wasn't long until the price went down to 
nothing because we were in a depression. I almost lost the farm. 
I decided to sell part of the farm to my sons. I sold about 
fifty acres to Jim, down by the railroad and about 'fifty acres to 
Floyd, next to Jim and forty-seven acres to Azer on the south 
part. By doing this and not mortgaging, I was able to save the 
rest of the farm. It seems that when we get to thinking we are 
too smart and thinking of worldly things, the Lord has a way of 
showing us that there are things more important than land and 
livestock and that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a man's 
family. 

After the children were raised and married, Grandma and I 
farmed the place and had s ome milk cows. Some of the children 
stayed with us for short periods of time after they were married. 
Most of them settled in the Ammon area. 

EPHRAIM EMPEY Submitted by Edna Empey Woolf 

Ephriam was the sixth child and come from Lehi,Utah to Ammon 
in 1888. He married Sarah Ann Rhodes. They had eleven children: 
Annie (Molen) ; Lyle (went to Canada) ; Ernest, Elsie (Tracy) ; Bert 
married lola Simmons; Martin, Alva, (he was one of the first born 
in Ammon) ; Pearl (Peterson) ; Ray, Homer and Edna (Woolf) . 

The Empeys brought their household belongings in two wagons. 
That was a long, burdensome trip by horses - some two hundred 
miles. The boy drove the livestock. 

In 1901, one of these new comers was David C. Campbell who 
was befriende':! by Ephriam when he first brought his family to 
Idaho from Escalante, Utah. The Campbells lived in this old 
house the first summer and Ephriam gave David work with his team 



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on his farm. 

In 1900 a man was going through the valley building rock and 
brick houses. He built the new brick home for Ephriam. The 
bricks were shipped in from Ogden. However, a brick plant was 
built on the property adjacent to Empey. This was after 1923- 
the exact date is not known. 

Edna said, " I don't suppose school children today every saw 
a double desk, but that is what I sat on in the Ammon School. We 
also burned coal in a pot-bellied stove that stood near one 
corner. This was in the old log school house. How happy we were 
when the new brick building was built. It had two stories and 
eight rooms, with play rooms in the basement." 

"All the students would come from their play when the large 
bronze bell was rung, and all marched to the time of the 
triangle. If one had a pull with the principal he was allowed to 
play the left, left, right, left on the three cornered steel 
triangle. Ford Gardner and Noel Carter would get out of line just 
to keep us outside longer. They were rascals." 

Chris Anderson, Ephriam Empey and John Empey constituted one 
of the first school boards. 

Ephriam gave the lot across from the church for a store. It 
was where the first store was built. Ernest Ricks was the 
store's first operator. Later Charley Kingston took it over then 
C. W. Perterson who married Pearl Empey. Ernest Empey was the 
next operator, who operated it but a short time. Leo J. Nielson 
bought it about the turn of the century and operated it until he 
sold out to Leonard Ball. 

When Leo Nielsen operated the old store he had a span of 
mules on a new three bedded v/agon that hauled freight from Idaho 
Falls to the store at Ammon. Alfred Campbell drove this team for 
several years. 

Tv7c of Ephriam' s sons, Bert and Martin, homesteaded just 
over the top of Petersen Hill on the east side in the big cove 
and bend there. They probably sold their land for they lived 
there only a few years. They attended church at Ozone after it 
became a Ward in 1912. 

Another son, Ernest, was kidnapped by Bally Dean in Long 
Valley where he homesteaded. He was kept hostage in Pine 
Mountain for over two weeks. This was in 1915 so the Empey boys 
must have still been homesteading in the hills at this time. 

Brazilla W. Clark, and his son. Chase, surveyed the townsite 
of Ammon. They would come to the well of Ephriam to get a drink 
of water. Mrs. Empey would give them fresh bread and jam to go 
with the well water. 

Ephriam went on a mission from Ammon, leaving his wife with 
several small children. Nine were living - two had -passed away. 

Grandma Empey was a generous soul and was ready to share 
anything she had with others. 

Miranda Stringham recalls the time she took her Primary 
Guides to clean Grandma's walks and she had cookies or goodies 
for them. She appreciated the visit and help from others in her 
declining years in Ammon. 



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J OESPH EMPEY by Hazel A. Empey 

Was another brother who came to Idaho from Lehi, Utah. He 
had married Christy Lewis, a girl from Wales. 

Joseph came to the lona (now Ammon) area in 1889 and lived 
in a two room log house he had built. He homesteaded one hundred 
sixty acres south of Ammon where Ed Lee lived. He was only 
eighteen years old. 

He was the first male missionary to leave from Ammon. He 
was the oldest son of the four brothers who came to Ammon. 

Joe and a Dr. Cotthard went together on a homestead on Pine 
Mountain, up near Grays Lake. Joe's wife, Christy, never did 
live in the hills. The winter's were spent in Ammon, but many 
summers were spent on the Pine Mountain ranch. This was a 
beautiful mountain home with fresh spring water and a mioderately 
comfortable home. Joe never lived there, but he always had 
tenants there. 

ANDRUS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON by Hazel A. Empey 

Was born in Denmark, and came to America in 1895. He was a 
brother of Christian Anderson, who was the bishop of Ammon for 
many years. He and his brother came to Ammon about the same time 
- 1895 and filed on one hundred sixty acres two miles south of 
Kelley's store in Ammon. 

He married Eliza Curtis in Springville, Utah and most of 
their children were born m Idaho. They are: Walter, Herbert, 
Arcnie, Lehi, Cordon, Alfred Leroy, Hazel, Eliza and Nellie. 

A. C. built a two story lovely brick rome south oc Ammon on 
a farm- Tr. contained a large k.tchen, t^;o bedroons, large 
parlor, and dining room. In those days it was a commodious 
dwelling and very beautiful. 

LEWIS EMPEY & HAZEL ANDERSON 

Lewis was the son of Joseph Empey and married Hazel 
Anderson, daughter of Andrus Christian Anderson. 

When Hazel was born, she said the whole town was glad for 
them because they had seven boys. She remembers going to school 
in the log school house, one room also in the old frame hall 
where everything, even church and school was held - then in the 
red brick building completed in 1912. She said, "Some of my 
teachers were: Etta Glamzoman, Miss Land, Mr. Melville, and 
others . " 

Hazel remebers being in shows in the old hall when she v/as 
"Aunt Becky" to Klea Lindsay in the play, and she has been called 
"Aunt Becky" ever since. 

Hazel worked in Primary and Relief Society. 

At this writing, she and Eliza Keefer are the only living 
ones of C. A. Anderson's family. 

Their children are: Myrtle, Ruby, Evelyn, Lewis, Neil, 
Harold, Curtis, and June Elva. Most of the children live around 
the valley and are real good to their mother. Hazel. 

Lewis and Jess Porter did the first blasting for the Idaho 
Falls Temple. Lev/is worked for the Progressive Canal Company for 
twenty years and rode twenty miles each day as he was watermaster 
near lona. They lived on the old John Shelley ranch at lona. 

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Lewis was also the Bonneville County Road Supervisor and 
Health officer in the county. He worked with Dr. Fuller. 

He said, "I worked right through regardless of party 
affili ations, for both Democrats and Republicans, it made no 
difference to me." 

Lewis was working for the County when he died in 1963. 

Hazel was honored September 26, 1979 on her 89th birthday 
and also the birthday of the State of Idaho, by a host of friends 
who love her very much. She still has her old high chair and 
Singer tredle machine. 

THOMAS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON submitted by Irene Ricks 

He was born December 11, 1863 in Mantua, Utah to Thomas 
Christian and Sidse Neilson Anderson. 

He received his Patriarchal blessing brom Brigham Young, 
while a young boy in Mantua, Utah. 

Christian helped herd milk cows and helped his mother make 
butter that was sold to help obtain other necessities. 

There were Indians roving aroung the hills of Mantua when he 
was a boy and the entire family had scares from some of the 
visits and requests of the Indians. 

Christian started raising sheep at the age of fifteen years 
and has been in the sheep business ever since until his death. 

On August 15, 1888 he married Mary Anna Tabitha Peterson in 
the Logan Temple. The couple made their home in Mantua for 
several years and after their third child was born, they m.oved to 
Idaho in March, 1895. 

Their children are: Cresta Snobia (Hansen); Elmira 
(Purcell); Reuben C. in Utah; Oriole, Sarah (deceased); Delores 
(Lee); Irene (Ricks); lola, Clyde, LeRoy and Reed G. 

When they came to Ammon and would drive into Eagle Rock, the 
mud was up to the horses knees. Their ranch was three miles east 
of Ammon on a hill in a little two room log cabin. 

Grandfather Anderson came with the sons, from Mantua, but he 
did not stay. 

Getting to school from the ranch was a big problem. We had 
to walk the three miles when we did not have horses. The horses 
would be tied up at the hitching bar and stand there all during 
school . 

Christian was ordained a High Priest and Bishop of Ammon 
September, 1899. He was released in 1913. 

Samuel Southwick had built a lovely home near Sand Creek 
Bridge in Ammon on the soughwest corner of the lot and had moved 
to the other place. Christian purchased this home in 1900 so his 
children would be closer to school and he could be in the town to 
take care of his bishops assignment. 

He dug a well on the place by hand - one hundred ten feet 
deep. He drew the dirt out in buckets fastened on a pulley. The 
first water for the church was piped from the Anderson home. 

Christian served in the Idaho Legislature in 1907. Also, in 
1904, he and his family took in the St. Louis Exposition. 

In addition to manager and director of the American 
Mercantile for many years, he was president of the Willow Creek 
and Eagle Rock Canal, and later became Director of the 

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Progressive Irrigation Company. He was at one time director of 
the Idaho Falls Branch of the Anderson Brothers Bank. His was a 
busy life. 

Christian helped build the first brick church and when he 
was released, Leonard Ball succeeded him. 

He served on the Ammon School Board several years. He was 
also on the Idaho Falls Stake High Council after he was released 
as Bishop. 

William Priest of Taylor helped build the rock house for 
Joseph Anderson. 

Chris died April 22, 1934 on the way home from getting a new 
car from back east. He died in Kemmerer, Wyoming with a heart 
attack. Reed Anderson about his father - Dad was a good 
mathmetician he counted one hundred sheep by getting a stick, 
then another one hundred - another stick. He knew there was one 
black sheep to every fifty white. 

He served as county commissioner in Bonneville County. 

Some more of Irene's story - Father was very business like 
and he liked quality merchandise. When he took us shopping, he 
bought the nicest clothes. He really looked for value and not 
only the price. 

He was very generous with his money when he had some. He 
was a good farmer. He divided his holdings among the children 
who were married Irene and Dermont Ricks had the old home place 
on the hill. Elmira and Everett the eighty acres west of 
Irene's. Oriole and Deliia across the road by the cemetery. 
Reuben and Chloe east of the home place and across the road, 
later sold to Neilsen's. Keith Hansen has the land now with his 
mother's place where Farnsworth built the red brick house over 
the hill from the home place. Delores and Wylie owned the land 
by the 4th Ward Church. 

The younger children were all sent to college. 

Delores, Irene, lola and Reed were all school teachers. 

The first baptisms were performed across the street from 
Bishop Anderson's in the Sand Creek. 

Irene said she remembered dances in the Old Hall. The 
children danced in the afternoon and the adults at night. 

The Fourth of July and Christmas Celebrations were the most 
outstanding of the year - with parades on the 4th with the brass 
band leading and Uncle Sam and all the children with horses, 
dogs, or bikes. 

On Christmas, there was always a fat Santa Claus, a gorgeous 
Christmas Tree with gifts of candy and nuts and sometimes another 
gift for everyone. With a children's dance in the afternoon and 
a big adult dance at night. 

Dancing was taught m Primary and the young boys felt 
chagrined when they had to dance in knee pants. 

I remember attending school in the two story school with 
eight rooms, usually a class in each room, sometimes two. There 
was a play room and some classes in the basem.ent until the 
outdoor toilets with four to six places were put in the basement. 

I remember the wide hard walk made of smooth planks filled 
with dirt in front of the school and the large bronze bell in the 
belfry. We all clamored to ask who could swing on the long rope. 

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It was usually the older boys who were favored. 

Christian moved his family to Provo when Irene was ready for 
school to put the older ones in college. 

Reuben, Oriole, and Reed were missionaries from Ammon Ward. 
Each fill^a two year mission. 

JOHN WESLEY MOLEN by Russell Molen 

My father, John, was the son of Francis Marion Molen and 
Emma Lawrence. My father was a body guard to Brigham Young. 
John Wesley was making the military a career and lived much of 
his life at Fort Douglas, Utah. His father, Francis, was a 
cattle man in Molen, Utah, from Lehi, Utah. 

In 1877, he was assigned to Eagle Rock and was tending a bar 
there when he met Carrie ' and they were married. They went 
back to Utah to live for a while then he cQme north to Idaho 
again in 1883. Five years later mother came by train as the rail 
had gone through to Montana in 1879. She arrived in Eagle Rock 
in a blizzard in October, 1888. She stayed at the Burgus Hotel 
until some arrangements could be made for living on the 
homestead, five miles east. 

Emma, my mother, and my brother, Perry and myself filed on a 
homestead. We traveled by horse and buggy to get to our land. 
Carries first school was in her fathers house. 

At one time, John sold nursery stock for the Cache Valley 
Nursery as a side line. He would take the orders from people in 
the fall and deliver them in the spring. When my father, John, 
first crossed the Snake River, it was on a toll bridge operated 
by the Anderson Brothers. 

John and Carrie had eleven children: May M., Hilda May, Jay 
C, Blanch Irene, Donald, Lawrence, Earl, Vernal, Glenn, Russell, 
and Helen Marie. 

My father, John, kept a daily record of all work and 
happenings all his life. It was kept in an old Union Leader cut 
plug tobacco can and I treasury it as one of my father's 
memento.? . The last entry was made in 1909. He became ill and 
died a few years later in 1912. 

John worked for G. G. Wright in spare time. He also worked 
for Clark & Fanning Mercantile Company and he also worked for the 
Great Western Canal Company. 

In 1897 John homesteaded three hundred twenty acres east of 
Ammon on the hills called "Last Chance". His closest neighbors 
were Geneva Ricks, his sister, and Perry Molen, his brother, so 
the two brothers places and his sisters place joined his as they 
did in Ammon on the Sand Creek where he had bought seventy acres 
north and east of Ammon. 

In 1900 he was deputy sheriff of what was then Bingham 
County. This was rather inconvenient in summers after he took 
the dry-farm, as they had to travel with horses. 

Living on the two places necessitated moves evey fall and 
spring. Even after John passed away, Carrie, my mother, would 
help us boys and encouraged us to keep the farming done on the 
hill. Many times we would have to batch it up there. Our sister, 
Hilda Wallace, lived on a homestead near and other relatives near 
by, so we had our own family community. 

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The big meadow near our house was used for the 4th of July 
celebrations. Even though there were no trees, some were hauled 
and bowery was built. 

Many Indians would stop by our place in Ammon and mother 
would give them bread and the things they asked for. 

I remember how we boys had fire cr ackers near the 4th and 
caused a fire that burned down the barn and a valuable stallion 
my father owned. This was a lesson to me and taught me how 
dangerous fire crackers were. 

Taken from the life story of Francis Marion Molen - Francis 
built up a cattle herd in Molen, Utah and to his grandson, 
Russell Molen, in Idaho Falls, Idaho still has the same branding 
irons his father and grandfather used. Was used for sheep with 
a brush dipped in paint. This brand was used by Perry and John, 
sons 'of Francis all the time they had sheep. Quarter circle 
diamond bar was used by Francis on cattle and horses, it was also 
used as a sheep brand. 

CARL OTTO HOLM by Paul Holm 

I was born April 9, 18 73 in Malenowder, Sweden. At age 
three, I tied my brother with a cow halter then I could not get 
it off until someone older came to help. 

We lived near a beautiful lake which was a constant worry to 
my mother, lest we fall in. One day I did just that - fell in a 
spring on my head. This is my first rememberance . 

Another time I was riding on a load of logs and fell off. I 
was five years old, but I quickly got away from the wheels. 

One starts to school at six years old in Sweden. This I did 
walking six miles. We played in a grove near the school it was 
of pines and birch trees. I learned my ABC's here in 1880-81. 

It was here that I saw the Bible in a Lutheran school. The 
stories I liked most was Luke, Chapter fifteen about the "Lost 
Sheep", "Price of Silver" and "Prodigal Son." 

During 1891-92 there were many revivals some met together. 
The Baptists seemed to have the best attendance. After one of 
these meetings I met two young men who seemed sincere. They 
quoted several passages from Daniel about the Lord's kingdom, 
also of John, the Revelator. Their religion sounded so much like 
the Primitive Church Christ had set up. 

After attending some twelve or fifteen churches each Sunday, 
I sought out the Mormons and fell in harmony with what they said. 
I asked the Presiding Elder for baptism and four feet of ice was 
broken on the river and I was baptized a member February 28, 
1892. I never had a cold although it was hard to get my clothes 
off. 

I applied to the King for a passport to America. 

When I was twenty-one years old, I met a pretty girl I had 
known in childhood. She would not accept my belief. I found 
another girl, Victoria, who promised to wait for me. 

It was hard to say goodbye to my parents, but did so with 
few tears. They took me in a buggy and horse the twenty miles to 
where I took the boat in May, 1894. I sailed on the "Lord Gaugh" 
after waiting a week for passage. I had plenty of sea sickness 
and had to lie still most of the time. 

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In fourteen days we came to Philadelphia. We came up the 
Delaware Bay. How beautiful it was in June. 

I came in Grover Cleveland's administration when things were 
bad and people told me the economy would be better in Idaho where 
I was going. 

When I bought my ticket it was no further than to Granger, 
Wyoming. When I got there for a few dollars, rode on to 
Montpelier, Idaho. 

My money ran out, so I was put off the train. I crawled upon 
some steps and rode between the coaches. When I jumped off the 
train, I passed a mirror and my face was as black as a negro from 
riding between those cars. For many hours I had been trying to 
find the John Cederlund Family. They had moved to St. Charles, 
Idaho. I was ill for two weeks. 

I worked for board and room for thirty days. I tried to 
pitch bundles but my back ailment stopped me. I was very blue 
and decided to take up my old trade as shoemaking. This was in 
1894-95. I went to public school three months. It was hard on 
me to have to learn English. I had to abandon this trade as new 
shoes could be bought cheaper than I could make them. 

I met a Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Clark who were going to the Snake 
River Valley. I could go along on a pony and drive cattle. We 
went by way of Soda Springs and Blackfoot. We lived mostly on 
bacon and bread. Rabbits were also a good deal of our diet. 

We looked at land around Riveiiyide and moved on through 
Wapello to Eagle Rock camping where Holmes and 1st Street meet. 

The next stop was Lincoln sugar factory. Mrs. Clark fixed 
some Idaho potatoes and made good gravey for them. They were so 
good. I left the Clarks here and went back into Eagle Rock. 
There were only fifteen hundred to two thousand people there 
then. 

I walked into the depot and a farmer came in and asked if I 
wanted a job. He gave me the lines of a span of mares who had 
left colts at home. We got home in a hurry. 

He took me to Buck School house where I started working for 
this owner, Jonathan David. I received $20.00 a month from July 
til after threshing. I took some horses for part of my pay. My 
next job was with Jabus Ritchey, at lona. While here, I attended 
the LDS church. 

I tried to get money to send for my girl in Sweden. I saved 
all summer. A Joseph Mul liner told people how I had left my 
parents and native land in Sweden for the gospel. In 1896 I 
could not get my wages, so I took a wagon, harness, a cow and 
calf. I had no place for them so went to see W. T. Clark who had 
settled near Sand Creek north and east of Ammon. He helped me 
break some colts and they made a good team. 

The name of Eagle Rock had been changed to Idaho Falls, and 
while with Brother Clark at Ammon, he and I hauled cedarwood from 
the lava rocks west of Idaho Falls and sold it for firewood. 

November 1, 1909 we bought the Joseph Anderson farm - one 
hundred sixty acres on the foothills east and south of Ammon. In 
1919 we built a house with specifications drawn by an architect. 
It was rock and brick. By February 28, 1910 we had dug a well on 
this place. 

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The cost of the house was $4,169. We moved into it 
September 2, 1910, ten years after Victoria had landed in Idaho 
Falls. 

We had seven living children and I owe my success in life to 
my Heavenly Father. 

Children: Carl Paul, Valja Josephnia, Hildegard, Adolphus, 
Vivian, Lille and Carl Otto Nathaniel. 

All the children attended Ammon School and high school and 
most to Ricks College. 

Carl attended Ricks two years and filled a mission in 
Sweden. 

My occupation in life has been farming, raising sheep, 
cattle, hogs, dairy cattle, poultry, bees, besides some 
shoemaking and blacksmithing. 

CARL PAUL HOLM by Paul Holm 

Was born August 8, 1901 to Carl Otto and Caroline Victorina 
Malein Carlson Holm. She, mother, came from Sweden in 1900. My 
grandparents had come in 1895. They came from Montpelier with W. 
C. Clark. Drove horses and wagon from Montpelier. Our 
destination had been the Snake River Valley so after seeing 
Riverside, Wapello and several other places we came to Eagle Rock 
or Idaho Falls. There were only fifteen hundred people there 
then. 

My father rented land in three different locations, finally 
buying Joseph Anderson"s place south of Ammon. Eighty acres. He 
operated four hundred eighty acres at Coltman for several years. 
He made little financially, but a wealth of experience. 

I, Paul, started to school in Ammon when I was six years 
old, while my folks were renting. After finishing the 8th grade, 
there was no high school in Ammon, so I attended Ricks College 
four years . 

Ammon had no chapel. Just the "Old Hall" and classes were 
made by drawing curtains. Sunday school and all meetings were 
held there. Large canvas was stretched over the hard wood floor 
to keep it fit for dancing. 

In 1913 the brick chapel was dedicated. I remember of 
helping fence the chapel yard when I was a boy. 

My dad had the first irrigation pump above the canal, above 
the Gardner ditch. It raised the water 25 to 30 feet. Father 
irrigated perfectly. He made little pipes from little lathes, 
put them through the ditch banks into a secondary ditch so he 
could distribute water evenly, no washing. 

I wanted to enlist in World War I but was not of age. My 
father would not consent saying I was trying to get out of wark. 
The Armistice was signed and whistles, bells, and horns were 
heard all over Idaho Falls. 

I met Zula Wilcox at Ricks College. She was a very talented 
Elocutionist at Ricks and took honors to Boise where she received 
a gold metal. She also tried out for the leading part in a 
college play and won that. Zula also gave readings. She was 
present <n"wheels of Time" and made Marie Custer cry. 

Zula and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple June 7, 
1922. There were sixty-five couples wed that day. 

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M^ father bought so.ne land at Roberts from Will Rounds, we 
went there to spend one year, and are still there. 

In 1924 I served a mission to Sweden. Zula had our first 
child, Marva, before I left. She was one year old when I left in 
1924. Zula lived with relatives and taught school. 

On my return back to Roberts, I acquired more land, 
developed twent-six hundred desert acres by sprinkling from a 
deep wel 1 . 

In addition to farming I operated grain and potato elevators 
both in Ammon and Roberts. 

I served thirteen years as Bishop of Roberts when I followed 
Horace Grow. I then served on the High Council for seventeen 
years. I also served four terms in the Idaho Legislature from 
Jefferson County. 

Was co-owner of Roberts Product and Elevator. Served as 
director of the Bank of Commerce and in 1943-44 was director of 
it in Rexburg. I was the State Representative of the Republican 
Party in 1951-52 and in 1953-54. I was hiway commissioner, on 
the school board and a director on the Market Lake Canal and 
Butte Canal. Was a charter mem- ber of Rigby Rotary Club. I won 
a Silver Beaver Award of the Teton Peaks Council. Was Republican 
Party Chairman of Jefferson County. 

Zula and I served a two year mission in New Zealand in 
1969-71. Received Distinguished award for public service; 
officiators in the Idaho Falls Temple - are still there. 

Our children are: Morna (Adams); Calren Paul, Nelda 
(Adams); Del Ray, Venietta (Gustavensen) ; Carl Wendell, Ronda Lou 
(Wood) . 

JOSEPH RAWSON Owen's genealogy 

Married Sariah DiaJ:ha Rawson Brown September 31,1878 and 
they settled at Harrisville, Utah in the Salt Lake Endovs/ment 
House and came to Idaho about 1879. Some of their family helped 
settle Arizona. 

Joseph was a railroad man between Eagle Rock and Butte, 
Montana before his marriage. He told of stopping trains from a 
brake on top of the cars. This was before air brakes were 
installed. He had to get up there and use these brakes coming 
down Beaver Canyon when the temperature was between twenty and 
thirty degrees below zero. This was between Dubois and Lima, 
Montana. He was crushed through the loins while trying to brake 
in the wind. 

He was the first conductor to cross the Snake River Valley 
and the bridge at Eagle Rock. Joseph and Sariah settled two 
miles east of the Grant Store. His uncle Silas lived in Coltman, 
Idaho. Joseph likes music and taught his children to sing. He 
was a carpenter by trade. He moved to Idaho Falls for a time but 
went back to Coltman. 

Sariah, Joseph's mother was a good nurse out in the ward and 
was very active in church. 

The younger children lived around Idaho Falls. Joseph died 
March 11, 1908. Robert Lee Bybee, the patriarch, spoke at his 
service. He was buried in the Grant cemetery. 

Sariah married again to George Brown and moved away, but it 



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didn't work so she came back to Coltman. Her sons moved her to 
Logan, Utah where she worked in the temple. 

ARTHUR ELLINGFORD by Ada Owen Campbell 

Was born November 22, 1868 in Plaistaco, Essex County, 
England to Samuel Ellingford and Eliza Gower. They came to Ammon 
around 1886. 

The captain of the ship "Wisconsin" would eat supper each 
night with the children on the ship. 

The Ellingfords sailed to America in 1877 and settled in 
Morgan, Utah up the canyon from Ogden, Utah. 

The children of Samuel and Eliza were: Henry G.. Louina, 
Emma; William, Hannah E., John Robert, Arthur, Alice and Rosa. 

Canyon Creek came through their valley and the people used 
willows for wood. Wild game, rabbits, deer and fish were 
plentiful. They often saw bear and fox. 

Ellingfords lived and farmed at Morgan. In the spring the 
Weber River would flood for three and one half miles. They 
rented the Hunter farm in Round Valley. 

Arthur herded cows in the summers and there was beautiful 
wild flowers, grass and grape vines in profus> ion. 

November 15, 1885 they moved to Ammon, Idaho. Heber J. 
Grant had told of the new country in the Snake River Valley. 

The Ellingfords were related to William Rawson. They had 
been share cropping, so decided this would be a good move. 

Ellingfords had one hundred sixty acres of rich soil farm on 
Sand Creek east and north of Ammon. It joined Albert Owen on the 
west. The farm was four miles east of Eagle Rock.- 

Arthur Rawson was the first presiding Elder and Ammon 's 
first bishop. James Albert Owen was the first Sunday school 
superintendent as he had married Rosa Ellingford and homesteaded 
east of him near Sand Creek. 

Arthur Ellingford married Martha Ashdown February 19, 1896 
in the Logan Temple. Arthur served a mission to England to the 
London Conference until 1899. 

One time he had a nervous horse and he was riding near tiie 
railroad when he became entangled in some undergrowth. The horse 
went wild and ran through the river, across the entire valley. 
All he could do was let him run. Arthur finally went off where 
the water was very deep. He swam to shore, but he surely loved 
that horse. 

ARTHUR RAWSON 18 8 6 By Varda Whiting 

It may have been the close association and relation ^that 
encouraged the Rawscns, Southwicks, Owens, Hiatts, Grows, Balls 
and other intermarriages that were looking for a new frontier to 
settle in and around Ammon. 

Arthur married Angeline Pace and they had twelve children. 
They came to Idaho in 1886 and first went to church in lona, but 
when the Ammon Ward was created, Arthur was ordained the first 
Bishop by Heber J. Grant, November 15, 1891. 

All the family came at the same time and Arthur homesteaded 
a place one mile east of Ammon, across the street from John Empey- 
later in 1901 Abe Day bought the Rawson homestead and Rawsons 



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noved . 

Arthur Rawson built a home near Arthur Ball, his 
son-in-law, after Dora's husband. Denning, died September 12, 
1911. 

Arthur dug the first well and found water at a depth of 
ninety feet. A man in the Anderson brothers bank said, "I'll 
give $1.00 a drop if water is found." The old well is still 
being used by Stoggs on the old homestead across from John 
Empeys. Arthur was a builder and assisted with the building of 
many of the homes in Ammon. 

ARTHUR AND DORA BALL By Varda Whiting 

Arthur Ball moved to Ammon in 1900 and purchased one 
hundred sixty acres from Rawsons . He was an active member of the 
Farm Bureau, a Scout Committeeman, served twenty years on 
District 91 school board and served as a county commissioner for 
four years. 

Dora had six children by Denning when she married Ball. 
They are: May (Hammer); John A., Riley, Earl, Vernal and 
Layf ayette . 

Arthur and Dora had two children: Eldon, and Varda who 
married LaMar Whiting. 

AZARIAH WILLIAMS by Juanita 0. Williams 

Azariah was born in 1857 in Brigham City, Utah, the son of 
John and Mark Jones Williams. The Jones were of Welch descent. 

Azariah was the oldest of twelve children: Azariah, 
Rosanna, Ruth E., Loddema L., Mary E., Clara V., Thomas 0., 
Victoria, George A., Martha M., Anna S., and Hanah A. 

The family were ranchers and stockmen, and moved to Malad, 
Idaho by team and wagon. This was sometime between l^.'64-67. In 
1885, Azariah and Elizabeth Denning were married in the Logan LDS 
Temple. 

One year later, 1886, again with a team and wagon, they 
migrated to Ammon, Idaho. At that time it was called South lona. 

Azariahs farm was north of Albert Owens rock house, which 
was one mile north and one mile east then another half north of 
the Ammon Store. The Williams ranch was on the east side of the 
lona Road. 

The Williams children walked to Ammon school with Owens, 
Hansen, and Campbell children. Those who had ponies rode them. 
There was no other way of going to school or church. 

In later years Azariah had a rock house built in Ammon, 
across the road from the school. Then the younger members 
attended school and were raised in the new home^ but Azariah 
still had the ranch. His son, Azariah, Jr., bought a home in 
Ammon where he and his wife, Lenora lived until their deaths. 

Seven children were born to Azariah and Elizabeth (Lizzie) 
they were: Azariah Jr., Elizabeth, Mary, Sorella, James, Jack, 
Ruth. They had 23 grandchildren. Azariah died December 24, 1926 
and was buried in the lona cemetery. 

John (Jack's) wife, Juanita still lives in this rock house 
in Ammon. At the time it was built several others around Ammon 
were built. She has been alone for years. 



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CHARLES HAYES by Jesse Hayes 

also from "People of the Hills" 

Jesse said his people came to Ammon about 1888 as far as he 
can remember. 

The parents of the Hayes were Charles and Elizabeth. The 
children's names were: Douglas, Clifford, Jesse, (Maggie and 
Leona deceased) . 

The Charles Hayes homestead was 1 1/2 miles east and 1 1/4 
miles south of the Kelly's store in Ammon. The home was out by 
itself with the Gar dner Ditch on the foothills east of them. 

When Jesse was eight years old, they moved. He attended the 
first two years of school in Ammon. 

Charley and his brother made brick south and east of the 
townsite of Ammon. The old adobe bricks were made there for 
several years. 

A big hole was made in the ground for a sort of vat. The 
white clay was put in this - after all the rocks were removed. 
There was big sticks fastened together that fit the vat like a 
paddle. This was called sweep-stakes. It was driven around and 
around until the clay was thoroughly mixed. Molds were made from 
heavy lumber about 12 inches long and 8 inches square. These 
forms were filled with this mud and left to stand several hours. 
The Hayes were workers of ceramic ' s and brick in England. 

After they were set, they were put on a smooth level surface 
covered with sand so the adobe would not stick to the clay. 
After drying the molds were removed and allowed to dry again 
until thorough-ly dry. 

The two sisters, Maggie and Leona, died of diptheria. 

For many years Jesse worked as a contractor for the Building 
and Construction Company. He is the father of three boys: James 
R. , (deceased), Jesse Earl, Charles Reed, and one girl, Charlene 
Bergstrom. He has eight grandchildren. 

Since he retired he has traveled some and before his dear 
companion passed away in 19 78, they spent many winters in Mesa, 
Arizona. They had traveled to New York, and Alaska as many other 
places . 

When a boy, his father homesreaded on Twin Creeks about two 
miles south of Bone, Idaho. They went up there in 1912. 

They homesteaded 160 acres, built a three room house, a barn, 
granary and cow shed. Charles also built bridges over the two 
Twin Creeks. Charles also places the abutments for High .Bridge 
and Cl^wards crossing on Willow Creek. 

About 25 acres of the homestead were aspen trees. These 
were cut and the ground cleared and Charles raised Blue 
Mashantuck potatoes there. 

The Hayes children skied 2 1/2 miles to the Bone School. 
There were about 25 children there. All eight grades met in a 
one room house. It was a log building that was used for dances 
and church. 

The first Bone Store was a school house moved from Duncan's 
and built on at Bone. 

MASH WILLIAMS Homesteader 

Thomas E., Mash William.s and others came from the little 



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about 1905 



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I-Iission^iy "^isters ,with Olive Owen: 
Mar/ Parker, Zelda Kirkham, Ida H. Eistline, Olive tHren, . 

?em Kallada7,Maiy Smith 311siforth, and ?lora Keyerhoffer. 
Olive vras one of the first l^d7 missionaries from .Ir.con. 




- ^-Ulive, .'Tatie, id-'^h-^-' v-iv,^ "t 

Hoser„ot::er ,lesli.,\^:,l(^^^rr^]^^°ny.i, Lottie, 
llcho ( not here). .n.., , Ubert Jr.f$n hor^e) . 



town of Samaria, near Malad, Idaho. This was about 1896. 

Mash and his sons, Jack and Spencer homesteaded ground on 
Sellar's Creek about 1900, where the Ammon Stake Farm now is 
located. 

Williams operated a dip-vat in the hills where sheep were 
treated for ticks. This was located on the head of Birch Creek. 

The Williams had their children in school at Ammon in the 
winters until 1916 when Glenore school was built. 

Mash, Spencer Williams and Adrian Empey, who married Flossie 
Williams spent several winters around Ammon from 1896 til 1916 
probably rented smaller houses on the farms there. 

Elvin, a younger brother who lived with Jack, would ski to 
Bone for school, about four miles. 

Spencer Williams>was a merchant and post master at Bone for 
many years. They lived in Jeppson's back of the store. Etta, 
his wife, did not care for the hills so be built her a nice home 
in the valley. 

Mash's children were: Meseh Lewis, Spencer, Elizabeth, 
Martha, Jack^ Ethel, Flossie, Vern, Alice Mae, William Brian, 
Archie L., Elvin and Melvin (deceased, probably twins) . 

JOSEPH ANDERSON AND MAE CHRISTINE CHRISTIANSEN JENSEN 

The Anderson's came from Denmark to Montana - Mae had heard 
of the Mormon Missionaries. Mae's mother and her two girls were 
converts in Ali^org, Denmark. The mother, died in Denmark, did 
not come to America but the two girls came. 

Two missionaries helped the girls to come, one took care of 
Mae and the other took care of her sister. Mae was eight years 
old when she came. Joseph had come to Mantua, his mother had 
married a Nielson, he died enroute to the valley^ then she married 
Joseph Anderson. They had two boys born in Mantua before they 
came to Am>mon when Marvin was five years old, Lyle was two years 
younger. They came in a wagon with horses, the trip took them 
three weeks as they would hunt for game, and fish along the way, 
so they could have som.e meat in their diet. Must have been about 
the turn of the century. 

Christian Anderson, Joseph's brother, had sheep and Joseph 
worked as a herder for Chris for two years. For pay Joseph took 
sheep. From this Joseph soon had three herds of sheep. 

Joseph and Mae moved into the big three story rock house in 
1907, owned by Mr. Peterson, Bill Owens helped build it, 
possibly around 1890 as several others were built around Ammon at 
that time. Some think it was in 1903-05. 

Joseph bought two - foxrty acre farms south of Ammon and he 
also leased grazing land from the foothills to Caribou Reserve, 
as he owned four or five bands. He would run some on the desert 
west of Idaho Falls^also. 

The two - fo .jTty acres were sold to Marvin and Lyle who were 
getting the marriageable age - this the boys appreciated and 
helped pay off, from the depression. 

Joseph had bought Mae the most modern home about there was 
in Ammon. In 1916 he sold the rock house to Mr. Galbraith and 
built a new modern home on the corner, kitty-cornered from the 
LDS church. The family lived in a tent while the new home was 



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being built. This new house was built in about six months, full 
basement/ bath. Joseph also built a large red barn just south of 
the house which was a land mark for years. Maiben Jones bought 
the house and barn. The barn burned down while he owned it. 
Joseph helped finance the new Chapel that was built in 1913 as 
well as schools, roads, and many other civic projects. Mae died 
June 25, 1917. 

The children were: Marvin, Lyle, Lillie (Zollinger), Floyd, 
Justin, Cleo (Bloch 1st) (Stout 2nd), Jesse, Gordon. Gordon was 
a carpenter m the northern most part of Alaska, he helped build 
a church there, then moved there to live. Most of the other 
children are around the valley. 

ANDREW ANDERSEN 

Andrew Andersen come from Sweden to Murray, Utah. From 
there the Andersens moved west of Blackfoot at a place called 
Wilson. Others of the family settled at Thomas - there is no 
record of any of this Swedish Andersens living in Ammon. 
However, the Anderson's of Danish descent spell their name with 
an (0) instead of an (E) . 

JOHN RUDOLPH BLATTER and son JOHN BLATTER 

John Rudolph Blatter was born May 22, 1836 in Temeken, 
Kanton, Basel, Lendschaft, Switzerland. The 13th child born to 
John Rudolph and Anna Marie Clapp. His father emigrated to the 
U.S. and thus avoided six years military training required of 
Swiss citizens. 

John fought for the North in the Civil War. While in the 
service, he met a Meinard Van Eric, a man who was also from 
Switzerland and they became close friends. Both were captured by 
the South and were in the Andersonvil le Libby Prison together, 
Meinard Eric died November 1, 1864, just a few days before he 
would have been released. 

John Rudolph went to Meinards wife to tell her of her 
husbands death. They became acquainted at that time and on March 
30, 1866 they were married. She had one daughter, Josephine 
Meinard. 

John B/a-tter learned the trade of blacksmithing in the army 
so when the Civil War ended, he returned to Monroe County, 
Illinois and worked both as a farmer and as a blacksmith. Later 
her moved his family to Duquion, Illinios where they farmed and 
raised some livestock. 

Rudolph was a good farmer, but was always very poor. He 
tilled the soil, but if the rains did not come, there were no 
crops. There was many years when rainfall was insufficient. One 
time they lived for three years in succession with nothing to eat 
but corn bread and molasses. 

John Rudolph bought 160 acres of timber land in Round Parie, 
Illinois. The land was covered with big timber. They worked 
hard to clear enough land to build ^a home, barn and other 
buildings. The family sawed lumber, split rails, fence posts and 
railroad ties. Finally the ground was cleared and under 
cultivation. Times were hard and prices low. The grown boys 
hired out and thev worked for 50 cents a dav. The railroad, ties. 



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were sold for 20 cents each. Good hardwood lumber was selling 
for $5 to $6 a thousand feet. 

The only chance the children had to go to school was in the 
winter when it was too stormy to work on the land. Rudolph's 
parents would say, "Well, we can't work today so all of you had 
better go to school . " 

Rudolph's family belonged to the Lutheran church. During 
the spring and summer preachers would be going about holding 
Revival meetings. In the meetings the preachers and converts 
would shout, holler, yell, jump and throw themselves on the 
floor. Moaning and groaning. The preachers would really work on 
the emotions of the people. This type of meeting drew large 
crowds because they were amusing, but not converting, exactly. 

The first Mormon Elders came to the Blatter home in the 
early spring of 1888. Elders Charles A. Terry and Ernest Penrose 
came and asked for food and lodging which the Blatters readily 
granted. 

The Blatter 's became interested and invited other friends 
and neighbors to cottage meetings held at their home. When 
permission could be obtained meetings were held in the school 
house. At this time people were very prejudiced against Mormons. 

Rudolph's family and some of the neighbors were baptized 
April 1, 1888 in a stock pond owned by a neighbor, Thomas Rice. 
He was bitter toward the Mormons, and when he found out they had 
used his stock pond for baptisms, he declared that the water was 
poisoned, so drained the pond. He thought the water would kill 
his stock. Mr. Rice was one of the directors of the Round Prarie 
School, so naturally stopped all Mormons from using the school 
house . 

At this time there were four elders laboring in Perry, Co., 
a meeting was called of all members and it was decided to build 
their own church house since the school was no longer available. 
The Blatter family offered a corner of their farm for the new 
church. Some of the Blatter boys by this time had purchased a 
saw mill and they sawed all the timber for the church, free of 
charge . 

The lumber all had to be stacked and dried. It took a few 
weeks to do this, but the members had their own building. 

The Elders organized a Sunday school with Gotlieb Blatter as 
the Secretary. Meetings were held Wednesday evenings and Sunday. 
The S.S. was at 10:00 A.M. then there were meetings at two and 
eight o'clock. 

This was the first Mormon meeting house built in all 
Southern Illinois. 

In the fall of 1898, Rudolph and all his family moved to 
Ammon and Idaho Falls, along with Elizabeth Mary Erupp. Two of 
the Blatter boys, Frank and Andors had moveJ their families a few 
months before. Dry farm on Taylor Mountains. 

Rudolph became dissatisfied with the country and moved back 
to Illinois, but only for a short time, as things were not to<: 
favorable there, so they returned to Idaho Falls and Ammon where 
their ground was located. Lived in Ammon 44 years. John Rudolph 
bought 80 acres of land bordering his son, John's land- He 
remained here until his death. 



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Rudolph and Elizabeth's children were: 

Athens, Illinois 1867 

Athens, Illinois 1868 

Duquion, II linois 1870 

Duquion, II linois 1871 

Round Prarie,Ill. 1873 

Round Prarie,Ill. 1875 

Round Prarie,Ill. 1877 

Round Prarie,Ill. 1879 died birth 

Dubois, 1881 

Round Prarie.Ill. 1883 



Rosine Catherine 


born. 


John 


born. 


Andors Casper 


born, 


Frank Benhart 


born, 


Mary Elizabeth 


born, 


Lillie Flora 


born, 


Tharecie 


born. 


twin sons 


born. 


Gottlieb 


born. 


William Lincoln 


born. 



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HOMESTEADERS AND DRY FARMERS 



OLD AMMON 



For many years the people of the first Ammon, have called 
themselves, OLD AMMON. This came about because of the division 
of the old ward into two, and their old church was built on to; 
so as to make room for this other ward. 

New people moved in where the early pioneers had lived and 
where they had with crude implements, carved a town these early 
ones. They had built the roads, made the canals, established the 
schools, organized the churches and the ward. These first ones 
had held a Reunion and gathered together every year, 'TO KEEP 
THE DAYS OF OLDE LANG SYNE.' 

I found in the Post Register, a writing of some of the OLD 
AMMON DAYS. (QUOTE) "One hundred were present at the OLD AMMON 
DAYS REUNION, in the McGowin Park, July 26, 1878. "There were 

residents from California to Canada Prizes were given for 

various challenges, some of the challenges were: 

One with the most grand children won by Adolf Holm and Fred 

Singley. One with the most work left to do won by Miranda 

Stringham, she was asked what she had to do she listed these 
things: 25 quilts to finsih for her grand children, area history 
to gather as assigned; books and genealogy to write. As 
Miranda seemed to be such an enthusiastic participant she was 
given first prize in the particular category." (This was only 
part of the challenges). 

All present received gifts, and partook of a delicious 
dinner, pictures of Old Timers were passed aroung and there was a 
happy tone in the conversation. 

Adolf Holm and wife Dora and Vera Lee, Evelyn Thurman, Rula 
Kennedy, were on the committee. Glen Southwick was Master of 
Ceremonies, all did a beautiful job. Committees were chosen for 
the next year, same month, same place. 



There was a big Ammon Day Celebration held in 1973 with a 
parade, in the morning and a picnic in the afternoon. Dances, 
parades, races, tennis, swimming, and queen contestants-Christy 
Pendleton was the winner. Mrs. Lord was chairman of the gala 
event, to be held annually. 



In July 1981, at the McCowin Park, another OLD AMMON DAYS 
was held. All met at the park for a delicious dinner with each 
one bringing a salad, or dessert. Buns and chicken furnished by 
donation. A count was not taken but it looked as large as usual, 
around 100 present. 

After the dinner all adjourned to the school room recreation 
room, and slides were shown by Lamar Whiting, from pictures 

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loaned by the group. These slides were blown up and very 
effective. Two historians of Ammon, handed out forms for the 
desired history from each family, and requested the help and 
cooperation of the entire group to gather facts for a book. 
These ladies were: Miranda Stringham, and Virginia Smith, both 
members of the Upper Snake River Historical Society. The 
Whitings were applauded for a tremendous job--All adjourned. 

JUST A REMINDER' 1 
OLD AMMOM DAYS REUNION 
Where: McCowen Park At Ammon 
Time: 12:00 Noon 
When: Saturday July 18, 1981 
Food: Bring a salad or dessert 
Chicken, rolles, and drink; furnished 

Program: Early Ammon History given in slide presentation 
Please notify your immediate family and old Ammon friends. 
Bring your own eating utensils. 

JUST A REMINDER! ! 

OLD AMMON DAYS REUNION 

Where: McCowen Park at Ammon 

Time: 12:00 noon 

When: Saturday July 17, 1982 

Food: Bring a salad or dessert 

Chicken, rolls, and drink, furnished 

Program: Early Ammon History given in^ slide presentation 

Please notify your immediate family and old Ammon fremds. 

AMMON HISTORICAL FACTS 

THE PLACE WAS FIRST CALLED lONA SOUTH - part of Bingham County. 
It became a village October 10, 1905 originally from ONEIDA 
County. 

BONNEVILLE COUNTY CREATED 1911 - named after Captain Bonneville. 
AMMON WAS A BRANCH SETTLED BY LDS PEOPLE IN 1887 --- a ward ! I89I. 
In 1883 - Joseph Empey filed on 160 acres and begane^ brush 
used it for fuel. Along all straems were cottonwoods, silver 
maples and poplar's, some were planted. Many Indians around the 
foot hills. 

First school and church in Bp . Rawson's home. 
First teachers - Margaret and Dora Rawson. 
First well - 1889 dug by Bp . Rawson 

Five Owen boys and their father, James C. Owens donated' 160 
acres for town. 

Sixteen blocks dedicated for townsite in 1889, sixteen blocks, 
eight blocks each. 

First school house was logs. DUP monument on spot today. Second 
was a frame white and green trimmed church, with curtains, called 
Old Hall . Third was a built of red brick dedicated in 1913. 
Fourth was white brick built in 1966, at a cost of $15,000. 
Lucius Clark was first Seminary teacher, about 1928. 
Railroad spur in 1918 

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village well - 150 feet deep pure drinking water, Roy Southwick 

chr . 

Postal sub-station added to Kelley's Market 1954. 

Telephones converted to dial 

1936 two-story red brick school and gym destroyed by fire. 

1950 population 447 

1959 population 1,450 

1965 population 2,468 

1961 Second class city Reed Molen first Mayor. 
1970 Second 2, 545 - 792 acres in townsite in 1975. 

1962 Flood covered town caused by Sand Creek drainage from 
Willow Creek 

1961 City or McCowen park of ten acres. 

1967 Swimming pool 

1975 Complete sewer system 



CHARLES ERVIN CAMPBELL AND MADELEINE VeFQND 

My father, David C. and Minerva Deuel came from Escalante, 
Utah with five other families in 1901. The other families 
returned to Utah except Zetland and Jane Mitchell and John and 
Rita Hiatt Mitchell. The Campbell's and John Mitchell's remained 
in Ammon for many years. 

The narrow gauge railroad was being changed and the grade 
raised from the Kimball Hill on north. The Campbell's cam.ped 
below the hill and David helped scrap the dirt with his faithful 
team to get food for his family land horses. I, being the oldest 
son, worked as a water boy, carrying water. 

It was nearing fall, and my mother was heavy with child. We 
four older ones, myself, Alfred, Arnold and Lois were born in 
Escalante, Utah. Dad knew he must get settled some where before 
the baby came. Ephriam Empey was in the process of building a 
large home, so he gave dad employment with his horses and let 
them live in a shanty of the old home until they found something 
better and more room. 

Dad's faithful team hauled wood from the hills. They were 
also good cultivating the beets. 

Leo J. Neilsen's father had built a log house one mile north 
and one half mile east on Sand Creek and it was vacant. It was 
here that the baby Lewis, was born September 20, 1902, the fifth 
child. Just two weeks before he was born, my little sister, 
Lois, was drowned in Sand Creek. 

Dad had no it'^t^y to invest in land so he rented farms for 
several years until 1906 when the hills east of Ammon were opened 
to homesteading . Both dad and mother used their homestead rights 
and proved up on them in 1912. Dad then bought lots in Ammon. 

I remember how we hauled water on a lizard-some logs fixed 
on runners to hold a barrel. Sand Creek was the closest water 
and not many canals were built yet. There was a water hole where 
the cattle were driven to drink and another above where culinary 
water was dipped through the ice in the winter to fill the 
barrel. In the summer there was more water in the ditches and we 
did not have to haul at all the places for laundry. 

The drinking water was carried from the places that did not 

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have wells to those that didn't . It was a miracle more people 
were not sick. 

I attended school but one year as I had to quit and find a 
job. I had to help my father with the family. I worked for J. 
J. Hammer Dairy for several years and at other places who needed 
hired men. 

My brother, Alfred, drove a mule team and hauled frieght 
for the Ammon Merc for Leo J. Neilson for years. 

After 1912/ Ozone became an independent ward and they also 
had a school after that year. Before this, each fall the 
Campbells moved to Ammon for the winter, and back to the 
homestead for the summer. 

Each Sunday until 1912 in the A.M. the white topped buggy 
and a lively team hauled the family to Ammon to Sunday School and 
to Scarament meeting. It looked like the movie, "Cheaper by the 
Dozen", so many legs hanging out the sides. 

Ervin, the oldest boy, was the only one to go into the 
service. He spent two years in France, when he came home he 
brought a little French girl he had married over there, Madeleine 
VeFond. They lived in Ammon some years in 1923-24, he operated 
the Midland Elevator in Ammon. Before he was sent to the army 
he had a cream station and a little cafe at Ozone was doing good 
business when called by Uncle Sam. His mother Minerva took over 
his business until he returned. After he moved from the hills to 
Ammon, he started working for the Intermountain Gas Co., also 
worked for the Maytag Washer in the intermountain west. During 
the two years Ervin was in France he cooked at the International 
Peace Conference in Paris, except the few first weeks of his 
service when he was in the trenches. 

As cooking was his hobby, he operated and worked in several 
cafes in Utah and Idaho. The family moved to Richfield where 
Madeleine took up nursing. At times she almost supported her 
large family of eight children. 

DAVID CHARLEY CAMPBELL 

David C. Campbell came with five other familites from 
Escalante, Utah to Ammon, Idaho in 1901. His wife was Minerva 
Elizabeth Deuel. 

The other families returned to Utah except Zetland and Jane 
Mitchell and Johnny and Recca Hiall Mitchell. The Campbells and 
John Mitchell's remained in Ammon many years. Later Zetland 
settled in Shelley. 

The narrow gauge railroad was being changed and the grade 
raised from Kimball hill on the north. The Campbell's camped 
below the hill and David helped scrapt the dirt with his faithful 
team to get food for his family and horses. His oldest son, 
Ervin, worked as a water boy, carrying water to the thirsty 
workers . 

It was nearing fall, and Minerva was heavy with child - the 
four oldest children, Ervin, Alfred, Arnold and Lois, were born 
in Escalante. David knew he must get settled some where before 
the baby came. Ephriam Empey was in the process of building a 
large home so he gave David employment with his horses and let 
them live in a shanty of the old home until they found something 

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better and more room. 

David and Ervin both played in the Ammon Brass Band when 
Nels Lee was the band director. David and Minerva were on the 
OLD FOLKS committee for several years before 1912 when the entire 
country from Eagle Rock to Thomas was in Bingham Stake and 
traveling was done by horse and buggy. 

David had no money to invest in land so he rented farms for 
several years until 1906 when the hills east of Ammon were opened 
to home steading. Both David and Minerva used their homestead 
rights and proved up on them in 1912. David also bought 
building lots in Ammon. 

When David homesteaded on the head of Badger Creek, and ours 
was one of the first homesteads in that area. The house was 
built above the spring on this rich soil. There was large 
shearing barn with thirty clippers, a dip vat, and other corrals 
in the cove just above the spring near the house. These were 
moved to other places, and the ground plowed and put into 
potatoes, having such rich soil, they were beautiful and a large 
wagon load was hauled to the stores in Idaho Falls and 
sold. Later the cove surrounded by trees was used for a pasture. 

In 1912 Ozone had a school and a full fledged ward, so 
summer and winter were spent in the hills. Ozone became a town. 

Eight more children were born at Ammon during the next 
twenty years. Lewis, Miranda, Maurice, Lenrie, Odell, Lester, 
born in the Campbell home in Ammon, the family having moved there 
for school in the winters. Randall and Viola were born in the 
Hiatt Maternity Home In Ammon, June, the last and thirteenth, was 
born in the Campbell home at Ozone with the father, David and 
Miranda, a girl of sixteen , the only aids. Olive Jones, the 
midwife came after the baby was oiled and dressed, and Minerva, 
the bearer and mother was asleep. She examined the baby's navel 
and found Miranda had everything all right. 

A great tragedy came to the Campbell family when this last 
baby, JUNE was only five days old. Lewis a lad of eighteen was 
crushed in a gravel pit near Tauphtphus Park, in Idaho Falls. 
Minerva could not go to the furneral, however the body was 
carried into her bedside, before the service. Woods Funeral took 
care of the service at Ozone chapel. This was held on June 26, 
1920. Wood's were just starting in Mortuary business. 

David and Minerva loved their homestead home and became self 
supporting, when he mortgaged the homestead to get more land for 
the older sons, who never farmed. Ervin was taken to France by 
U.S., Alfred was called to Idaho Falls to help build a new High 
School, he was a carpenter, Arnold moved to Rexburg where he and 
Melvina had college boarders. David the father, Lewis and 
Miranda, were left to harvest all 480 acres of wheat. The 
younger boys were to young to drive horses and harvest. 

In 1923-24 many dry farmers lost their farms through 
drought, and were compelled to move out of the hills. David and 
Minerva were some of them. The banks foreclosed on dozens of dry 
farms, he help his half brothers with their stock ranches. 
The father, mother, and the six younger children went to Utah. 
The older boys were married and Miranda was in Utah living with 

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an aunt and working her way through school . She married Bryant 
Stringham in 1923, and moved to Sellars Creek to live, near 
Bryant's people, the Jones. 

In 1926 Campbells moved back to Idaho, where they obtained 
rental of a farm on the Hayes Project east of Shelley. The Utah 
and Idaho Sugar Company owned it. Here they did prosper and got 
on their feet again, when in 1927, the mother Minerva died with 
ruptured apendix. The father tried to keep the children in a 
rented little house, for two years. The children were very 
neglected, they needed a womans hand, especially the little girls 
nine and seven years old. 

Miranda and Bryant had purchased a stock ranch on Seventy 
Creek above Bone, and Bryant had bid on the mail route to Idaho 
Falls. Their heart ached for her father and the lovely children. 
They convinced David and the children to come and help them on 
their 460 acres of landd. David had asked Miranda to help teach 
the little girls to be good house keepers like their mother, who 
loved them dearly. 

They were told by Stringhams that this could be their home 
until they were married. There was only one problem, the school 
district had been dissolved and the children had to go else where 
to school in winters. In summer they were back on the ranch. In 
1932 Stringham moved out to the valley, then it was better for 
all. 

Stringhams rented for years then finally purchased a 93 acre 
farm west of Shelley. After purchasing an acre and building a 
basement house in Ammon. Again the little girls could have a 
home and did in the summers. Everyone friends and relatives were 
so good to them. 

The following was taken from the 1937 Year Book, "June 
Campbell became "Your Majesty" when she was crowned queen of 
the FFA BALL. " 

Stringhams moved to Shelley to operate a rented farm left 
June to finish her year in Ammon where she worked for her board. 
Viola had also found work. 

The children called this their home, where the Stringhams 
helped with all the marriages of the five living children. Times 
were hard, but all had to work. Lester had died in Woodville of 
lukeraia, shortly after his mother had died. 

After six years of David living with his children, Odell and 
Miranda, he remarried Olive Jones, Bryant Stringhams mother. 
They moved to Utah and lived happily for four years, the girls 
did not want to go live with them as they had little room. 

David Campbell died October 3, 1939, with a heart attack. 
Olive his wife died December 31, the same year. She was buried 
in Utah in Holden, but David was brought to Idaho and buried by 
the mother of his children in lona Cemetery. 

While in Ammon, Miranda took in sewing and enjoyed helping 
dress three lovely girls, as her own. Many of the Ammon people 
said they were the best dressed in school. Miranda had always 
wanted sisters and took every pains to make them ..popular and 
liked, and they were very popular girls, and she and Bryant took 
every effort to make them feel wanted and loved. It took all 
Bryant could make to keep the payments on the place, and Miranda 

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HOME STEADERS 



AND 



DRY FARMERS 



kept the house with her sewing, and kept her own two boys and the 
girls in school supplies, and the home and food for the family, 
even though she had two or more jobs in the church and community 
all the time. All the friends of the family were willing to help 
in any way, in Woodville and where they lived after the death of 
the mother. 

David died October 1939, in Fillmore, Utah, where he had 
lived with a second wife, his body was shipped to Idaho Falls, 
and the Williams Funeral conducted a funeral service in the Ammon 
Ward chapel, he had helped build, with hand work and team, back 
in 1912. He was buried by his wife, Minerva and the other 
members who had died. Minerva had died October 2, 1927, with the 
funeral at Woodville where they had lived. The grandfather David 
William, Lester, Maurice, Lois, David, and Minerva all buried in 
the OLd Ammon cemetery, with one place left for Randall, who has 
no family. Lewis was the only one buried in the Ozone cemetery 
on the hills - 1920. 

VIOLA CAMPBELL HILLMAN, . & JUNE CAMPBELL WADSWORTH 

I was born December 31, 1918 at the Hyat Maternity Home, the 
third daughter and twelve child of David Charley Campbell and 
Minerva Elizabeth Deuel. My family lived at Ozone, where they 
had homesteaded on Badger Creek. My mother had gone down to 
Ammon to give birth to me . 

When I was 3 1/2 years old, the family had lost their 
homestead in Ozone, due to the drought, and moved back to 
southern Utah at Escalante, where they were both 'from. 

At the age of 5 1/2 , we moved back to Idaho, settling on 
the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company' Hays Project v/est of Shelley, and 
close to the Lava beds. We farmed for five years, then papa 
started to have so much trouble and grief come to him. He lost 
the Sugar Company farm and moved into another house that belonged 
to the Sugar Company. One morning about 7 A.M. this house burned 
to the ground. Our mother had just died of ruptured appendix and 
it was really a hard blow for papa. After the house burned, we 
moved over to Woodville and farmed for Bishop Bischoff. 

I attended the first four years of my schooling at Taysom, 
the next year at Delta, Utah, where my little sister, June, and I 
had gone to live with our aunt. Zephyr Steele. Then back to 
Woodville, where I spent my 6th and 7th grade. Then over to 
Stanton, northeast of Shelley, where I graduated fro^i the eighth 
grade. I lived here with my brother, Odell and wife, Leah. 

Two years after I graduated from 8th grade, I started to 
High school at Shelley, where I went my freshman and sophomore 
years. In 1936 I again went to Delta, Utah and lived with Aunt 
Zephyr a year and went my junior year in high school. In the 
fall of 1936, June and I went up to Ammon, and lived with our 
sister, Miranda Stringham and went to school. I graduated from 
high school in May 28, 1937, and June graduated in May , 1938. 

I had graduated from seminary while living in Delta and June 
graduated from seminary at Ammon. We were both very active in 
school and ward activities and were very happy. We lived with 
Miranda and enjoyed our school years together with she and her 
family . 



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I was President of the Pep Club, we were both in the Girl's 
Sextette, in the High School Operetta, in the school and ward 
dramas, I was the Gofd arid Green Ball Queen "from the Ammori ward, 
193 7, and June was the Harvest Ball Queen. We went all over 
singing as we sang duets, and Miranda would sing with us and we 
would have a trio many times. We enjoyed this very much as we 
were from a family who enjoyed music and singing very much. 

After I graduated from high school, I worked for different 
families in their homes until I was married to Lyle Irvin 
Hillman, a returned missionary, from Shelley. We were married 
November 22, 1938 in the Salt Lake L.D.S. Temlple, and we have 
been farmers all our married life. 

June married Earl Wadsworth, also a missionary. He became a 
bishop later. June took up nursing and became a registered nurse 
in Idaho Falls Hospital. Both girls became lovely housekeepers 
as their daddy had wished. Both raised lovely families, and were 
active in the communities where they lived. 

In the community activities and in the different church 
activities from Primary, Sunday School, Priesthood, M.I. A., 
Relief Society, Lyle has been a councelor in the Bishopric, a 
High Ckouncilman, High Priest Group teacher, I have been 
President of Primary, Young Women's Mutual, Relief Society and 
all the ward teaching capacities, councelor to two different 
Relief Society Presidents, am now Relief Society Chorister and I 
have been compiling the Riverview Ward Bulletin every week since 
1978, and am still at it. On January 24, 1979, we were both set 
apart as Temple Officiators at the Idaho Fal Is "Temple , where we 
both enjoy our hours of labor there. They .are labors of Love, 
and enjoy working with such wonderful people there. 

We are the parents of ten (10) children, six sons and four 
daughters. Lyle Verdell, who served a full 2 year mission in the 
New England States; Derryll Trent, (who served two years at Great 
Lakes Mission at the same time that Verdell was out); Janice Dee 
(married to Stephen Simmons of Ucon) ; Danny LKDeVere; Kathleen, 
married first to Tony Madsen, later to Nolan Freeman) ; Darwin; 
Blane; Laroy ' and his twin sister, Lanae (Hokanson) and Kerrie 
who lived just long enough to be blessed. Everyone of our 
children were married and sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. 
Verdell lives at Everett, Washington and Darwin lives at Nampa, 
Idaho. The rest are all around us at Firth and Ucon. We at 
present have 45 (with one coming) grandchildren, and our oldest 
grandchild (and he is our oldest grandson) is in Manchester, 
England on a mission for the L.D.S. church. 

Life has been so good to us, even though there have been 
hard times and misfortunes at times, we have faced death, fire, 
tornado, and so many dark clouds, we have learned that to look up 
to our Heavenly Father, and to know that He is there for us, is 
such a great comfort, and makes us realize just how we are 
blessed. 



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WOODHOUSE 

The name of Woodhouse was found in the census but not first 
name. In the Ammon Year Book the name of Bill was found, a 
student in Ammon High School. A Woodhouse was killed by a train 
with the Carter girls, at the crossing near the Ammon Elevator. 
They lived in the addition across the road from Clark Judy's in 
Ammon . 

LESTER CURTIS AND FANNIE KEIFER 

The Curtis came to Ammon with their small family some of the 
boys were in Ammon High School. Fanny waS Keifer.s girl and had 
helped raise her father's family when they were farming in the 
hills, on Willow Creek. They had a home in Idaho Falls then and 
made the trip in a light buggy. Grant and Jim were running 
behind the buggy while going down Flint Hill and Jim's leg was so 
bruised that it had to be amputated. She had been a faithful 
mother although just a sister to the family. 

After the family moved to Ammon they built a frame house on 
Rawson Street, near the Bailey's. There her own sons attented 
Ammon High School. They were real gentlemanly young men. Lester 
her husband died in 1932, and Fanny carried on without a mate. 
Fanny, Richard, and the little disabled daughter were killed in 
an auto accident 1950. This was a sad shock to Ammon, they were 
nice children, and Fanny was dedicated mother. 

PAUL AND ILITA MONTAGUE CURTIS 

Paul married Ilita Montague, from a pioneer family, after 
graduating from Ammon High Schoo. The Osgood students were 
bussed to Ammon for several years. She was from Osgood. Several 
of the students found mates from their school days. 

For several years Paul worked for the large dry-farmers 
driving large equipment. Then he worked for Rogers Seed Com.pany 
until his retirement. They live on Rawson Street in Ammon and 
are the parents of five children: Karen (Hammer) , Connie 
(Wadsworth) , Ryan, Johnny, and Kevin. The children all 
attended Ammon schools. 

JOSEPH AND REBECCA HAYNES 
Joseph and Rebecca came from England when he was 43 and she, 
Rebecca was 40. This was at the time of the 1930 census. Thke 
children that were listed; Edith, age 17, Herber 12, Grace 8, 
born in Utah. Pearl 5, in Utah, Ella 6, in Utah. All the older 
ones down to Henry were born in Idaho; and Karen 1 yr . born in 
Idaho. They evidently moved to Idaho between 1894-1897, for the 
last born in Utah was in 1894 (Elba) the next Henry was born in 
Idaho. No more evidence. 

CHARLES H. CARSON AND STELLA NIXON 
The Carson's came from Fairfield, Utah, to a ranch in lona, 
in 1862, this date sounds like it might have been in freighter 
days, or trappers, did not say. The Carson's after Charles had 
been born at Camp Floyd, Utah and his people gave their ground to 
the Government where they, built a soldiers cemetery, and changed 

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the name to Fairfield, Utah. There is a National Park there now. 

In 1862 the family moved to Zona in the log house where Tom 
Shurtliff now lives. All the children were born there. 

In 1910 they moved to Ammon and lived west of the school 
house in the Martin Empey house near Abe Days winter home. The 
Carsons also lived in the rock house just across the street east 
of the school . 

The Williams brothers had homesteaded in the hills on 
Sellars Creek. The Carson's homesteaded on Twin Creeks back 
against the hill side from the east roadls. The farm land was 
between the east and west roads, just south of the Rockwood 
homestead. Rockwoods bought the land from Carsons. 

The children attended the Ammon and lona schools. 

Bill Carson married Sarah Riset from Ririe, Idaho. She was 
born at Label le, Idaho. Bill and Sarah had no children. 

The brothers and sisters of Bill were: Edgar (married 
Carrie Mitchel, a school teacher in Ammon who had taught Bill) 
Maud, Ethel (deceased) , George , Blackfoot, Ester (Egbert), Lottie 
and Ada twins, Lottie (married Heilson) , Claud, who was with 
Bert when note was delivered to Billy Dean when Ernest Empey was 
kidnapped in the hills. Bill (Riset) lives in Idaho Falls, 
Ernstene Worth was there also. 

HARDEN CLARK AND LAURA GARDNER 

Harden was born in 1903 in Vernal, Utah, his folks came to 
Coltman, Harden attended and taught school in Ammon in 1925-26. 
He was not married then but in the 7th grade. D. T. Williams was 
the principal. He boarded in the rock house across the street 
east, in the Williams house. He moved to Rexburg and attended 
Ricks College, filled a mission from Rexburg, to the Northwest 
Two brothers were born there. Laura and I were married June 13, 
1927 her father 'Elias Gardner. 

My wife, Laura is a neice of Jim Carter. After we were 
married we moved back to Ammon we had five small children, 
Leonard Ball was Bishop then. 

In the fall of 1895 father was called on a mission, he 
bought us a home, 40 acres sage brush, gave 10 milk cows and a 
team of horses for the land. Brothers and Sisters were: Louise, 
Ingar, Sarah (Jones) , Fontel la (Langloys) , Harden and Laura have 
operated sewing stores in Idaho Falls and in Pocatello. Laura is 
a beautiful seamstress. She took a class in Logan while Harden 
went to school in Logan. 

They had seven children: Fontel la (Lungren) , he works for 
EGG at AEC, Hal (Williams) Coleen, Austin, Chad, not married ex 
president of Compass Industries. All the children served on 
missions. We had 22 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 
The Clarks still do some sewing, machines, live in Shelley. 

BISHOP AARON JUDY 
Bishop Aaron Judy was born in Hyrum in 1871, the second child 
in a family of nine. Several of the children died with various 
diseases, only Aaron, Junis , and Ivy live. 

Aaron attended school for three or four months while at 



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Hyrum, Utah. The family moved to Idaho in 1884, on the 28 
of March. Aaron was only thirteen years old and helped trail 
cattle. They were eight days coming to the Ferry as there were 
no bridges. All cattle, horse and people had to go across the 
ferry or swim, which many of the cattle did. They arrived there 
late at night, in Demember of 1984, the ice was too thick to 
ferry and not strong enough to cross over. Aaron's father, 
crossed the river hand over hand, on a cable to go the telegraph 
office and call and tell his family NOT TO COME, as they had 
remained in Hyrum. They were to be delayed for six weeks, then 
came on the train to Roberts, Idaho. 

In January 1885, we built a log house and some sheds, and, 
had enough logs left to fence 15 acres. When the family came 
they drove over the river on the ice, in a sleigh. 

To make the town of SALEM, Idaho, a school section was 
divided into 10-20 acre lots. This was done in 1885-86 and we 
moved onto the homestead with water from the North Teton River, 
which always went dry during drought times. With the squirrels 
and the drought we had only harvested 83 bushel of wheat in 1888. 

A canal was made from the North Fork then another drought, 
for four years there was a shortage of water. What we did have 
was plenty of fish, ducks, and geese. Of course these were wild 
game, and I had no gun to shoot them. Mother traded some 
chickens for a gun so I could help with the food supply. 

I attended school at Salem elementary, and later a term at 
Ricks Academy. The schools were so short of books, the tuition 
was paid by the parent. The first teacher I remember was Howard 
Leach, he helped .jyj^: enroll in mathematics, which was a good 
subject for me, because I liked it. 

Mother read to us from the Book of Mormon, and there were 
classes once a week that helped us learn. They cost 25 cents. 

There were dances that had us draw for partners, then we 
were charged so much for the weight. This is when I met Mary Ann 
Ward, her weight was for me to pay. W^e were married October 27, 
1897, in the Logan Temple. We rode there with another couple who 
were going. My father gave me 60 acres of the family farm and we 
built our home on it. 

Six children were born on this place, Melvina 
(Campbell , Reed) , Clark (Dean Otteson) , Lavern (Bessie Porter), 
Lillie (Cook), John (Janice Christensen) and Cora (Elkington) . 

Berries and watermelons were raised here at Salem after the 
first frost we would put them in storage until they finished 
ripening. They sold for $4.00. 

Aaron worked in the sugar factory in Sugar City for many 
years. He would have to ride horseback to work. 

In 1905 he was called to a mission to the southern states, 
but became ill after five months in Florida and had to come home. 

Aaron was blessed with inspiration and was of great faith. 
He was called to be Superintendent of Salem Ward Sunday School. 

In 1910 Judy's homesteaded in the Ozone area and built a 
house of logs one mile from the spring at the head of Badger 
Creek. It only had two rooms but was a home as good as most 
neighbors. After hauling water so manyyears they decided to 
move the house down on the east end of their homestead and added 



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another room. They would move out to Salem for the winters to 
school. After two years so many people had moved into the 
homestead act that a school was established for some _foriv.^_^ 
students at Ozone. This was in 1912. After this was made their 
permanent residence as did most of the people. An LDS Ward was 
also organized at Ozone, there was also one at Dehlin, eight 
miles to the east, across Willow Creek. 

In 1914 a seven room house with three stories was built and 
water was piped from the Campbells spring into the Judy house 
which was about one quater mile below the spring head. A large 
red barn was built about the same time that could house several 
head of horses and cows, with spacious room for hay and grain 
bins . 

In 1912 Aaron Judy and David C. Campbell drove their teams 
up to Mud Creek, a tributary to ' Sellars Creek, and cut the logs 
while others hauled them to Ozone to build the firt school house. 
Just a one large room with a tiny library under the chimney 
place. This was used for all community purposes , until it bulge 
at the seams and had to be enlarged. 

In 1919 a new frame building was built which is still used 
in Ammon for the Commercial Hall. This building was the 
community place of the entire hills, at celebrations and dances. 

In 1912 Aaron Judy was sustained superintendent of the 
Hillsdale Branch, with Ernest Ricks and David C. Campbell as 
assistants. Later the post office was named, OZONE. Aaron was 
presiding Elder for two years, and Bishop for eight years, after 
the war was iy\J^Y in early teens. There were weddings, reunions, 
carnivals and all sorts of entertainments held in the recreation 
part, and the spacious school room with an insulated shield 
around put forth good heat. On the southwest corner was a 
cheerful library room with book from every nation, and other 
great reading materials. There were ski parties in the winters 
and ball games and dances and literary programs in the summer and 
falls. All the members were united. 

Four more children were born to this union: Nellie, 
Clifford, Floral, and Ira. 

Ozone had a variety of civic activities: Farm Bureau, Red 
Cross, Home Extenstion classes, community ball games, and 
community telephone system, with thirteen patrons in 1918, more 
joined in later. There was a ward memebership of 232 people in 
1918. 

During World War 'I, there were twenty-seven soldiers left 
the Ozone community Aaron was a school trustee for years. 

There was a severe drought for three consecutive years and 
people were forced to leave the hi'lls. Schools were closed, the 
ward was disorganized, and all books and appertances went to 
Ammon. 

Bishop Aaron Judy said, "One of the saddest moments of my 
life was when the farewell Testimony was held after the ward was 
dissolved. One of the Stake Authorities said," Bishop, you have 
been a good shepherd, but your flock had flown, not froin choice, 
but from necessity." (The end of Ozone Ward) 

The Judy's bought a home in Ammon, and put the children in 
high school and some to college. Their home was directly west of 



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the ball park back of the old churc 

He retired from farming aft 
inheritance of many acres which 
spent the remainder of his days 
gardens. From these he remember 

Fishing trips were taken to Ye 
he would go hunting with his sons, 
his own. 

Aaron always gave good counsel 
all in need. It was the desire of 
sons on a mission, and to have 
temple. All five went on missions, 
temple . 

In their retirement years, he 
do each other, fishing. 

After Mary Ann died 1949, Aaro 
and family in Montana, helping with 

His life companion preceeded h 
Aaron passed away 1955, had total 
buried in the Ammon Cemetery. 



h. 

er leaving all his sons an 
were bought up for taxes. He 
home, fishing, and raising 
ed all widows, and friends, 
llowstone Park and in the fall 
and in-laws. He loved them as 

to widows and was generous to 

he and wife Annie to send all 

the children married in the 

and all were married in the 

and Mary Ann, would try to out 

n spent much time with Floral 

the garden and fishing, 
im in death just a few years, 
ly lost his vision. Both were 



HOMER AND MABAEL ROBINSON 
Homer was in the hills with the sheep, and met a beautiful 
girl at Bone, the daughter of Heber Robison, Mabel Robison. 
After they were married they lived on the old Ephraim place south 

became too ill to farm it. Homer die with 

after the children were raised and educated, 

her married children: There was Ray, Garth, 



of Ammon until he 
cancer and Mabel, 
lived with or near 
Joyce and Gary. 



by Edna W. Edwards 



Canute 
between Last 
acres so the 
with horses a 

Anton a 
Chance, where 
branch of th 
and Pearl was 
in Sunday sc 
and not a br 
they with ma 
1921. In 1924 
Ammon, as man 
children were 



PEARL AND ANTON PETERSON 
Peterson and his sons all took up a homestead 

Chance and Peterson Hill. Each was allowed 320 
ir land joined and made quite a spread for farming 
s was the custom in the early 1900 's. 
nd Pearl had built their home near a spring at Last 

the pure water and verdant gardens and flowers. A 
e LDS church was orginized at Ozone, two miles away 

on of the first organists'. She also taught Miranda 
hool class. In 1912 there was a full fledged ward 
anch. When the three years drought hit the hills 
ny others moved to greener pastures. This began in 
the Ward of Ozone was dissolved and joined with 
y of the members moved to Ammon. Pearl's and Anton's 
Anton, Nels, Sally and Merle. 



*****•***•*••***•*****•*****•*••**••*****•*•* 

Paul Peterson went to World War I and died while there, so he 
never married. 

ERNEST AND OLIVE MITCHELL EMPEY 
We have all heard the story of the Kidnaping of Ernest 
Empey, by Bally Dean along in the 1915, in Long Valley, up in the 



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hills near Sheep Mountain. The story is found in other books, 
including the "People of the Hills" by Miranda C. Stringham. So 
it will not be repeated here again. 

This articles about Ernest and his life around Ammon. 

Ernest married Olive Mitchell in the early 1900 's she had 
just arrived with her people from Escalante, Utah, and Ernest 
folks, Ephriam had befriended these new comers. They arrived in 
Ammon in 1901. Ernest worked with his f-athers sheep, and finally 
was given the state job of Sheep-man as State Inspector, which 
job he held for 35 years, Ernest made a comfortable home for his 
family just across from the old First Ward chapel in Ammon. The 
family grew up and attended Ammon schools, and participated in 
church activities. Olive was secratary for the Relief Society 
for many years. Their family are: Worth, (who was with his 
father at the time of the kidnapping) Norma, Rulon (died) , Twila 
(married B.P. Suitter) , Leah (Reed Molen) , Sheldon, Perron, 
Melvin, and Lois. 

EDNA AND FENTON WOLFE EDWARDS 

This history would not be possible without the help of Edna 
and her keen memory of OLD AMMON. Many times I have called her 
for names or information she has been so cooperative and of great 
assistance. So many of the Oldsters are passed and gone and It 
is through the children, and friends the story is obtained. 

I want to here, publically thank and show my appreciation to 
here for her generosity and kindness. She is just like her noble 
mother, who I knew so well when I lived in Ammon. THANKS EDNA! 

Now I will continue with the Empey story, a wonderful famiily 

and real pioneers. 

• •••*•*••*•■*•*••***•*•*••••••*•••*•*•*****••****** 

Fenton Wolfe and Edna Empey were married and lived in her 
mother's old home in Ammon after her mother passed away. Fenton 
was a Realtor, and was active in civic affairs in and around 
Ammon. Edna worked in the Primary for 25 years and in all of the 
Auxiliaries through out her life. She became 82 years old last 
week and many of her friends and relatives honored her on this 
day, in her home on Tendoy where they moved in 1960. 

After Fenton 's death she married Mr. Edwards and moved away 
from Ammon. Her children are: Fenton G. , (died), Elaine, Lela, 
Homer. All live away from Ammon now, but they were a part in 
building the schools and the community where they spent many 
years . 

By Edna Edwards 

JAKE ORIN EMPEY AND EMILY COFFIN AND VERA MUNSEY 
Jake was born in Ammon so is true citizen, in the year 1901, 

on the old ranch one mile south, one-half east of Ammon Store. 

He said, "My mother never had a doctor just a, mid-wife, and I 

think it was either Annie Hiatt or Mrs. Zitting. She got along 

just as well as any." 

My dad, Alfred came from Lehi, Utah about 1898. He had a 

ranch that the Ammon Stake now own. Here he raised head lettuce, 

and hauled it to Idaho Falls, where he always had a good sale for 

it. The mountain lettuce was really good. 



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All years of schooling were in Ammon. Some of my teachers 
were: Bessie Kingston, Catherine Dunn, Miss Cotton, T. Z. Hatch, 
Charles Owen, Mr. Dawson. My hobbies are fishing, and deep snow 
mobiling . 

My brothers and sisters are: Alice (Edwards) , Beck 
(Storer) , Cassie (Bates , Carter) , Lee, Arthur, Earl, Orin, Edith 
(Christensen) , and Lottie (Christensen) . Orin had one son, 
Alfred, and three children from second wife. 

HISTORY OF H. REED BLATTER 

Reed was the fourth child o^ six children born to John and 
Bertha Hoffmann Blatter. One baby girl died in infancy. He 
attended grad; and high school in Ammon with the exception of one 
year when the family moved to Idaho Falls. His first teacher was 
Hilda Molen and L.P. Nielson was the principal of the Ammon 
School. During the second year of high school the family moved 
to Idaho Falls where he attended high school that year. The 
following year he was electd president of the Ammon Student Body. 
Mr. D. T. Williams was superintendent of the high school and was 
also the atheletic coach. It was a small student body but had an 
enthusiastic ball team that played some of the larger schools and 
come off with their share of victories. His playing was cut short 
during the spring when he was bitten by a rabbi dog and had to 
take the i P\?!^'^ITR treatment. 

Reed also participated in church activities along with other 
boys of his age He was an officer in all of the Aaronic 
Priesthood quorums advancing at the proper age from one quorum to 
another. In 1923 he was called to fill a mission for the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the western states 
mission, laboring mostly in North Dakota and Nebraska. 

He served as teacher in the Sunday School and M.I. A. of his 
ward, and was ward Sunday School gxJPBRTTfT'^'ND^NT and later Stake 
Superintendent. In November 1941 he was called as Bishop of the 
Ammon WArd with Almon L. Brown and C. Adolphus Holmes counselors 
and Lamar Whiting as Ward Clerk. 

On June 30, 1946 the South Idaho Falls Stake was created 
from the division of the Idaho Falls Stake. He was sustained as 
2nd Counsellor to President Cecil E. Hart, and LaRue Merrill was 
sustained as 1st Counselor. He served until November 1956 when 
he was released due to ill health and died December 1. 1956. 

In civic capacities he served as a memeber of the Ammon 
Village Board from 1935 to 1941; a trustee on the Ammon School 
Board and a member of the Committee when the rural school 
districts of Ammon, lona and Ucon were consolidated. 

He was married to Valeria Pearson June 22, 1927 in the Salt 
Lake Temple. They are the parents of seven children: 

Marilyn married to Earl Crawford 

Glen Reed married to Sharlene Tobler 

Lynn Arden married to Lila Christensen 

Kay Monte married to Una Burk 

Cheryl married to Richard Graham 

Vicki married to Merrill Harward 

John Dale married to Diane Robertson 

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ERNEST RICKS 
by Zola Ricks 1901 

Ernest was born 23 September 18 71 in Logan, Utah to Thomas 
Edwin Ricks and Ellen Marie Yallop. Ernest was the third son in 
a family of ten. All the children were born in Cache Valley, 
Utah except the last daughter, Zina, who was born in Rexburg, 
Idaho. The children are: Ephriam, Edith, Alfred, Elizabeth 
Jane, Ernest, Josiah, Ellen, Zina, Charlotte, and Lawerence. 

Ernest was baptized April 6, 1885 by Thomas E. Ricks, Jr., 
confirmed the same day by John L. Roberts. He was ordained to 
all position of the Aaronic and Melchiezdek Priesthood.. In June, 
8, 1895 he was ordained an elder by James E. Fogg and called on a 
mission June 24, 1895, after going through the Logan Temple with 
a company of sixteen elders. 

Ernest had probably never been very far east, and was amazed 
at the wide expanse of desert east of Ogden, Utah. 

He was sent to the Southern State where he spent two years, 
returned to Rexburg April 5, 1897. 

While attending the Ricks Reunion, a Mr. Roberts who had 
returned in 1931 from Alabama, told us that our father, Ernest, 
had converted one hundred families to the church. 

Ernest said he walked so much his shoes were completely 
worn out, and he did not know where he was going to get another 
pair. His labors were through swamp lands and a tough terrain, 
and hot, humid weather. When he and his companion were walking 
one day, they found a pair of shoes just his size at the side of 
the road. He knew the Lord had provided them. 

Ernest worked for Thomas E. Ricks at Rexburg after returning 

in 1897. While there he met Mary Geneva Molen, a beautiful lady. 

They had a courtship of about three years. They were married 

April 5, 1900 in Salt Lake Temple and they rode three days back 

to Rexburg on the train. Their first year of marriage was spent 

in Rexburg. 

Their first child, Ernest Dermont, was born April 13, 1901 
at Rexburg. The others were born in and around Amm.on. 

A very dear relative of Ernest passed away September 28, 
1901. It was Thomas E. Ricks, a noted man of distinction around 
Rexburg . 

Homesteading was open around Ammon, so Ernest and Geneva and 
their tiny son moved to that vicinity. Emma Molen, his 
mother-in-law and her sons, John and Perry, had farms there. 
They, also, found good farm land to purchase and built a fine 
home . 

The Ricks lived at Ammon and attended school there and most 
of their winters^ but Ernest took up a homestead in the hills 
east of Ammon at "Last Chance" and belonged to the Ozone Ward 
after 1912 where they attended primary, Sunday school and 
Scarament Meetings during the summers. 

Ernest was tall and stately with beautiful white wavy hair. 
He ha4 great faith in God. He had known hard ship and hard work 
and was aways a good example for his children. He died August 
22, 1919. 

Ernest and Geneva's children were: Ernest Dermont, Derrald 
Francis, Dorothea, Lawerence, Grin, Emma Lavonda, Ruby Bonita, 



and Geneva. The three girls were school teachers. 

Derrald ' s story of his father - I was young when father 
died. I missed his council. He was very kind and always had a 
desire to do better. 

He was honest, and attended well to all church duties. This 
made him respected by business men and his friends. 

He ventured out financially and took chances to help his 
family with the better things in life. He had poor health and 
spent most of his winters in California. 

He contracted the road to West Yellowstone. He had a two 
wheel dump cart, pulled by one horse to pull the dirt. 

While at "Last Chance" on the hill homestead, the family 
lived in a tent while they built a house there. 

We, my father and I would ride up to the dry farm together 
in the winter to see if everything was alright. He told me what 
wa expected of me, and how I was to live. 

Father was very good to those unfortunate and helped the 
widows and motherless. 

My folks milked cows and made butter on the ranches - both 
at Ammon and in the hills. We would take the fresh pounds of 
butter into the grocery stores in Idaho Falls and trade it for 
groceries. Sometimes there was enough cash for us to stay at a 
hotel and eat at a restaurant. The meal would cost 35 cents 
each. 

Father was kind and thoughtful. When I had pneumonia he 
held me in his arms. 

He was so helpful to my mother when Dorothea was so sick 
and for several years. 

Father's time was short with us but we have very fond 
memories of him. 

LAWERENCE ' S MEMORIES - I remember my father's white hair 
and moustache. I rode to the hills with him in the spring when 
there was many snow drifts all over the hills. We had fried duck 
egg sandwiches and I did not like them. 

We used to travel in a white-topped buggy to church on 
Sunday and to the valley with the family. There were always 
horses in the pasture to do our work with and to take us where we 
wanted to go. 

One Sunday we had a can of cream in the back of the seat. I 
wanted to see in it, which I did, but tipped the cream all over 
me. Cream was money in those days. 

GUSTAV MCDONALD AND BERTHA COOK 

In 1918 McDonald's and Cook's came to Ammon, from Syracuse, 
Utah. My father, Gustav was born in Hooper, Utah and my mother 
was born in Bountiful, Utah. 

The two boys, Leonard and Elmer came with the parents, as 
they were real small. There were three of the Cook boys who came 
with the McDonalds, all brothers to Bertha. Cook's ground was 
across from McDonalds, and Gustav bought their land. When they 
returned to Utah. The Cooks attended church and activities in 
Ammon the short time they were here. 

McDonald's both Gustav and Bertha, were active in the Ammon 
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and two girls; Leonard, Elmer Gale, Ruby (Andrus) and 

Verna( Egbert) . 

Leonard took over the farming, that was not sold when the mother 

died (his life other than here) . 

Elmer, moved to Oregon 

Ruby married Andrus and they moved to California, near 

Sacramento . 

Verna married and Egbert and they moved to Utah. 

When the flood of Sand Creek covered the area, it was so 
high arough the McDonald's it ruined a spud cellar full of spuds. 
Bertha was so determined she was going to stay in the home and 
did until one day the boys took her to their home for dinner, 
and would not take her back to the watery place. It filled 
their basement, and did some damage to the buildings, but no 
lives lost. 

Gustav died first, then Bertha later, dates not given. 

LEONARD AND ERMA CHRISTENSEN MCDONALD 

Leonard was four years old when he came to the Snake River 
Valley with his parents. But he said, her remembers coming. 

The McDonalds farm was 1 1/2 miles north of the Ammon 
Store. After Leonard and Erma were married they built a little 
log house on the corner of the farm on the corner of 1st street 
and Ammon-Lincoln Road. They built in 1934. 

Across the street west is the County Corner, a busy little 
grocery ,gas, and repair place where all fisherman and tourists 
stopped for the last need of a trip. 

On the same corner as the little log house, there are 
numerous condiminums, and apartments, on the old McDonald place. 
Leonard said they did not own these. 

Wayne Wilcox is renting it, and supervises the apartments. 
Dale was in the service, of World War II - he was wounded in the 
service. All the McDonald children filled missions. 

Leonard and Erma have two girls; Margery, in California, 
and Mareen, In New Zealand. The remaining McDonalds attend Ammon 
Ward and the children Bonneville High School. The older children 
attended school in Ammon. 

WILLIAM J. NE^B&E^ 

William was born January 12,1892, at Hyrum, Utah to George 
Christian and Sophia F. Kolm Nej.lsen. Received high formal 
education at Hyrum, Utah, the Agricultutal College at Logan, 
Utah and at Ricks College at Rexburg, Idaho. William also 
attended the Brigham Young Academy, at Logan, Utah. 

His family left their Utah home to come to the Snake River 
Valley, where his father purchased a 160 acre farm east of Ammon, 
on the foot-hills. This has always been known as the "Neilson 
Ranch". ^ 

William was thirteen years old when he and his brother, 
George, and his father arrived in Ammon in the spring of 1905. 
They came in a box car along with their livestock, machinery, and 
the house hold furniture so that they might take care of them. 
After arriving at the homestead, the family had to grub sage 



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brush, build a home, and make a flourishing farm. 

Much detail was given to irrigation and cultivation 
practices. It was not long until the farm became one of the most 
productive and fertile farms in the valley. 

William met Mary Williams at an Easter social, at 
Hog-holler, the school center of most activities. He thought her 
the prettiest thing he had ever seen. He admired her skill as a 
horsewoman. Her parents farmed and were close neighbors. 
William often found himself finding his way to the Williams home, 
and was frequently invited to stay for supper. He finally 
proposed to Mary, and they were married May 21, 1913, at Idaho 
Falls, they were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple August 18, 
1922. 

William left a small family and wife, to fill a mission to 
San Berdino, California, for the LDS church. 

William had a heritage of parents and ancestors who were 
industrious, highly educated, and thrifty. They came from 
Denmark, the land of the World's best farmers. He inherited and 
cultivated that quality. He was a skilled farmer for he had 
taken the subject in college. 

After his father's death, William, and his two brothers 
George and Irvin took over the farming and livestock operations, 
and developed it into a large thriving interprise. They entered 
extensively into the sheep business and purchased more land to 
accommodate their operation. At one time the ranch fed over 
40,000 feeder lambs and hired 60 men to care and feed them. 

William took over the reponsibility of the irrigated land, 
as "he was truly a man of the soil", and a perfectionist in his 
farming. He was recognized by the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company as 
the top beet raiser in 1960. A number of times he supplied 
enough beets to run the sugar factory in Lincoln, Idaho, for a 
period of 24 hours. 

When the sugar company had their tours in the summer, they 
never missed the "Neilsen Brothers Ranch". Other crops grown 
were alfalfa, grain and potatoes. 

My father loved this Ammon area and was a generous giver 
when donations were asked for He assisted with churches and 
schools. He worked on the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, and helped 
build canals and irrigation projects, that would improve the 
farming in the area. 

He made an outstanding contribution through his work and 
industry to the betterment of this beautiful valley. 

William died April 15, 1964, just four years after his dear 
companion, Mary. Both are buried in the Ammon cemetery. 

William's brothers and sisters are: George W, ^ Ruby, Edna, 
and Irvin. 

The children are: Lalia, Ruby, Ceroid, Lois, Myrna, Vera, 
William, Bruce, Johnny, George and Glen. 

Submitting by Myrna N. Anderson 



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MARY DENNINGS WILLIAMS 

Mary Williams was born January 3, 1892 at Ammon, Idaho, and 
was baptized a member of the LDS church on August 4, 1900, in the 
Hillside Canal, on the ranch now owned by Arland Purcell. Her 
parents Asariah Franklin Williams and Elizabeth Merrifield 
Dennings , leaving a freighting operation in Malad, Idaho, 
homesteaded 80 acres east of Ammon. They had six children 
Azariah, Sarella, Ruth, Elizabeth, John and Mary. 

As a girl Mary enjoyed riding horses very much. She spent 
many hours riding the hillsides east of Ammon, herding her 
fathers sheep and horses. 

She was born in a log cabin and lived in one for many years. 
The Williams children walked through the Owen's place and across 
the canal to go the school at Ammon. When she was ten, her 
father built the rock house that stands on Center Street east of 
the school. She lived there until she was about thirteen then 
her father purchased two forty acre lots just north of the 
original homestead, there she lived until her marriage to William 
J. Neilsen. They had met at an Easter Social, when she was 
fourteen years old. He called to see her many times for the next 
few years. They had many good times at dances with her cousins 
and friends. They were married 21 May 1922 in Idaho Falls later 
this marriage was soleminized in Salt Lake Temple. 

They carried on the tradition of dancing the rest of their 
lives . 

They made their home on the east side of the blocks, where 
Mary had spent her childhood. This first, home was a one room 
cabin constructed of logs, clay and straw. It still stands 
behind the house where their son, Bruce lives today. 

Gleaning from her rich experiences of pioneer life, from her 
parents who were thrifty, ambitious and frugile. Her parents 
came from England and Wales after joining the LDS church. They 
left progressing and capable businesses and cumulative farming 
and livestock industries. They settled in Brigham City and 
Hyrum, Utah. They migrated to Malad, then to Montpelier. 

Both the Williams and the Dennings came across the ocean on 
the same ship. They knew and respected each others families. 

Mary always had a love for her family and was proud of her 
ancestors. She took pride in her home and had beautiful yards 
and flowers. She kept both well groomed. She moved to Ammon and 
lived in her father's rock house while William, her husband 
filled a mission. On his reutrn they moved back to the farm. 

Mary had a natural love for animals and nursed and cared for 
pigs, chickens, lambs and grew a large garden. 

She believed deeply in the principle "Waste not, want not". 
She was generous in sharing surplus with her friends and 
neighbors, and those in need. 

Being married to an ambitious man brought her many 
opportunities to be a hostess for friends and neighbors and 
business associates. She was a wonderful cook, and thoroughly 
enjoyed entertaining and having company. 

She helped her husband in his farming endeavors, and raised 
an upright family. She had eleven children: Lalia, Ruby, 
Ceroid, Lois, Myrna, Vera, William, Bruce, Johnny, George and 



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and Glen. 

Mary passed from this life quietly on November 28, 1960 at 
the Idaho Falls Hospital. She left a legacy of love, faith, 
strength, and stability to the community of Ammon. 

by Myrna N. Anderson 

ABE DAY 
by Edna Day Empey 1901 

Abe was raised around Salt Lake. He married Lucy Mae 
Bloxham. They came to Ammon in 1901, and purchased some of the 
Arthur Rawson homestead one mile east of Ammon store on the 
northwest corner. They had tv/o children when they came - Dave 
and LoV^sa. All the other were born in Ammon. Edna was 
delivered by a midwife from lona. There were thirteen children: 
Ec:^77^ (Empey); George, Elizabeth (Suiter); Jesse, Alice, 
Josephine, Neil, Airs, Wendell, Phyllis, and Harry. 

Dad bought the red brick house on Ov/en Street in Ammon from, 
Charles Kingston- about 1915. 

At the time the folks moved to Ammon, there was no mayor and 
for years dad acted in that capacity. He was Chairm.an of the 
"City Dads" as they were called. 

Dad had a windmill on the homestead place one mile east of 
Ammon . 

While VI. C. Anderson owned the store, if one walked in the 
Ammon Merc, there would be several older men who were not working 
sitting around an old pot-bellied stove exchanging yarns. 
Probably some of them pretty "naughty". 

Dad was a republician all his life, however, he felt that 
people should vote for the man and not the party. 

The reason they mcved into Ammon townsite was because of 
Dave. He was crippled with spinal meningitis when he was tVv'o and 
a half years old. He used a wheel chair for two years then lived 
the rest of his life using crutches. He was very pleasant about 
the afflication and was pleasant and amiable. He lived to be 
seventy-eight years old. He had been married thirty-five of 
those years. Every one liked to stop and exchange a word with 
Dave Day. 

Everyone could tell my m.other was the backbone of the house. 
She milked the cows, tended the chickens, cooked for the many 
hired men and raised a large fam.ily. 

Father saw to it that all the widows and widowers received a 
box of candy on Christmas. He hauled flour, food and meat to the 
poor . 

He and his sons homesteaded above Bone in the hills, so two 
places had to be maintained. 

Tom Shirtliff worked for him on both places for many years. 

I married Arthur Empey and have spent many of the past 
winters in Arizona. Arthur has been a hard worker, but has 
hardening of the arteries now. Both of us were raised in the 
hills and lived just a few miles apart above the Bone Post 
Office. We have a home on 2nd Street in Idaho Falls now where 
we spend our summers. Our family is all married. 

Roy Stewart was another hired man who had been with dad for 
many years. I shall never forget Christmas then. Roy gave Louisa 



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and I albums for pictures. 

The Christmas programs were held in the Old Hall, the tree 
was petitioned off before Christmas Eve when Santa came and every 
one received a gift. Usually the parents, as one. There would 
be a children's dance in the afternoon and the adu-hs at night. 

I remember the little platform on the north side and the 
stage in the west end. 

We kids always had fun skating on ice ponds that were made 
for us by flooding a low place. 

Dad would have been ninety-six years old his next birthday. 
He died in 1958. Mother was seventy-on years old when she died 
in 1951. They are both buried in the Ammon cemetery. 

WARREN CAMPBEL 
Married Elizabeth Pugmire and they lived around lona for 
just a few years. Their children were: Maybell, Kenneth, 
Gonnmorah, Roberta and Cleo. 

ALVERO CAMPBELL 

He was also married to Elizaabeth Pugmire and they had the 
following children: Eleanor, (married to Leo L. Neilsen of 
Ammon); Warren Jr.; Mercey; Minerva; Edna; Lowell; David Loren; 
and Milton. 

Some of these children lived or worked for Leo and Ella 
Neilsen - they were relatives. None of them owned any property 
and only lived in the community a short time. Elizabeth married 
Andrew Larsen and they lived in Leo Neilson's old house on Sand 
Creek awhile. 

CLARK AND DEAN QTTESQN JUDY 

'•Just for today I v/ill be unafraid, especially I will not 
be afraid to be happy, to enjoy the beautiful, to love and 
believe that those I love will love me." 

I, Alva Clark Judy, was born at Salem, Idaho, 27 March, 
1901 to William Aaron Judy and Mary Ann LWard. After years of 
moving, working a homestead, my parents moved to Ammon coumminty 
from Ozone, to educate their family. In Ammon was a high school 
where the children took part in different activities. 

My brothers and sisters were: Melvina, LaVerne, John, 
Lillie, Clifford, Cora, Nellie, Floral and Ira, some of v/ho 
attended school in Ammon. Agriculture and farming v/ere their 
occupations . 

Church callings were answered, all were active in the 
organizations. The boys all filled missions for the church. 
Then they feel in love and married local girls and established 
homes . 

On June 6, 1923, Clark and Louie Dean Otteson v/ere married 
in the Salt Lake Temple. After spending a short time in Lehi, 
Utah, the home of Dean's grandparents, they returned to their 
home and started their livelyhood by farming. They wene the 
parents of six boys. One baby boy (Lynn) died at 4 monrhs and 
Gary was killed in action in Germany at rhe age of 20. 

With farming we had success and failures. After moving to 
Ammon, we built a log granary to store 'hot wheat'. This 



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building stands as a landmark. 

We have experienced floods and mis-fortunes, success and 
happiness. Clark served on the cemetery board 13 years. As the 
four remaining boys were married, each was given a home and farm; 
Darwin, Robert, Doyle and Steven. 

We have traveled extensively to Church Head Quarters, one 
trip to Hawaii with rlatives and friends. Our four sons have 
foreign missions and all were married in the Temple. 

Our greatest joy was when our sons and sister, Joy, prepared 
an enjoyable "Golden Wedding Anniversary Party", where many 
friends met to enjoy the evening. Our sorrow of losing two fine 
sons were heart breakers. 

We were called as Officiators to work in the Idaho Falls 
Temple for seven years. We also worked at the vistors center for 
three years. 

We started our faming with 80 acres, and finished with 2500 
acres. We then started to divided our farms with our boys. 

We have had our share of leadership, hard work, success and 
failures. We have tried to do our best with opportunities as 
they came to us . 

At this writing we are experiencing many changes. Clark is 
78 years old and Dean is 75. We have 18 grandchildren, on LDS 
missionary, and one will be married in May, 1980, (Clark died 
January 14, 1983. 

A saying Old and New: 

Begin the day with friendliness 

Keep happy all day long. 

Keep in your soul a friendly thought 

In your heart a friendly song. 

For all who come your way. 

And they will greet you too, in turn. 

And wish you a happy day. 

Submitted by Dean A. Judy 

LEVI C. AND INZA JONES BARZEE 

Levi's people were real early comers to the Rock Creek area, 
where several of the family filed Homestead Claims, even the 
girls. Levi was the youngest son of J. Reuben Barzee a veteran 
of the Civil War, and near aging when he came to the hills to 
homestead. He had several sons and a daughter and a wife, Ada. 
All were hard workers and happy people. They helped build the 
ward, school and community of Ozone, where from 1912 to 1924 it 
was a full pledged ward. 

All of them knew the rigors of homesteading and produced 
their living from the farm and beautiful gardens, which Ada was 
very proud of. 

All were member of the LDS church. In 1918 the Joneses and 
Stringhams came to Idaho and purchased the Spencer Williams 
holdings on Sellar's Creek. Jones had three children and 
Stringhams three not yet married. All of them found their 
companions and lived near the ranch. 

Inza was David Jones's daughter, met and married Levi D. 
Barzee in December 16, 1920. Levi and Inza lived on his father's 
place where all the farming was done with horses, several hundred 



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acres all together. 

In 1933, Levi and Inza bought Clark's homestead where some 
of their children attended Rock Creek school. Their family was 
raised on this place. 

In 1942 the schools were no more in the hills, so Levi and 
Inza bought the old Cal Zitting place on the west side of Ammon, 
and lived there and the men and boys still operaTied the farms in 
the hills, where Bone was the Post Office. 

Levi's health failed, and he died shortly after in May 3, 
1982. The boys still continue to operate the places in the hills 
where they are happy and are good ranchers. Levi and Inza had 
ten children of their own and one adopted son, Jack. The 
children are: David, Ivan (farmer), Verna (Smith), Cecil 
(deceased) , Wayne (deceased) , Marion (operates a wrecker) , Eva 
(Smith, beautician), Sharon (Kennedy, work for a bank), Myrle 
(burned in the house) , Ronald (carpenter and farmer) , Jack 
(adopted in their later years). 

By Inza J. Barzee 

MAJORIS MERRILL 

Daughter of Frank Lester Merrill and Nellie Picket Merrill, 
was born at Providence, Utah January 22, 1918. Here she grew to 
young womanhood with her parents and three sister. Her first 
eight years of schooling was at Providence. Her seventh grade 
teacher taught her and her sisters, plus having taught her mother 
also. 

She spent her high school years and graduated from South 
Cache High School at Hyrum, Utah. She graduated from the LDS 
seminary program. 

She was taught the art of homemaking and the value of work 
by her parents. She picked her share of strawberries, beans and 
apples for he parents and area fruit farmers. 

In 1936, she came to Idaho Falls and secured employment. 
While at a church party in Ammon she met Rulon Clifford Judy, a 
recently returned missionary. A romance developed and they were 
married in September 29, 1937 in the Logan, Utah temple. 

They have resided in Ammon and have reared six children: 
Margene, Douglas, Lyle, Dan, Di Ann and Max. Her family is her 
crowning glory and she enjoys their accomplishments. 

Her hobbies are her family, her home, yard and garden. She 
loves to read, crochet, do needle point, and latch hook rugs. 

She has been active in the Ammon L.D.S. Church, having 
served as President of Relief Society and Primary, as a counselor 
in the Ammon Stake M. I. A., as a teacher in all the auxilary 
organizations. At the present time she is an Officiator in- the 
Idaho Falls Temple. 

For 15 years she and her husband hiked with the young women 
of the Ammon Stake. The highlight of their grandchildren's lives 
is to talk and hike with their grandparents and listen to tales 
of the "Olden Days. " 

RULON CLIFFORD JUDY 
Clifford was the son of Aaron and Mary Ann Ward Judy, was 
born May 27, 1914 in Ammon, Idaho. He was raised in a family of 

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10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls. He was the eighth child and 
fourth son. He was raised in a religious home and taught very 
early in his life the value of prayer. 

He spent his early years at Ozone, Idaho, a farming 
community ten miles east of Ammon. Here he joined in the 
activities of the area with his brothers and sisters and the 
youth that lived in the area. 

His father had homesteaded a tract of dry farm land, and was 
raising grain. As a youth he was taught to work from before 
sunup til sun had set. Each did their share of the farming and 
chores . 

He started riding horses at the age of three, leading them 
to a pole fence, which he climb up so he could straddle the 
horses back. At seven years of age he was given the 
reponsibility of driving three horses on a sulky plow to work the 
farmland. Gradually he graduated to seven or eight head of 
horses to work v/ith. No task was too great for him to tackle. 
From the horse and buggy days to the big tractors with air 
conditioning and stereo has been his life's work and he has 
welcomed each change as it came and loved them all. 

He bought his father's homestead land and purchased the 
other dry-farm land near by. With his sons he now farms 5000 
acres of land. 

His first three grades of school were spent in Ozone, Idaho. 
He attended a one room school and enjoyed the association with 
the other area children. They would walk to and from school 
regardless of the weather. Warm water repellent clothing was 
unheard of at that time. Many times the snow drifts were deep 
and the weather would dip way below freezing. Their overalls and 
shoes would be wet and frozen and they would all have to huddle 
around the big pot belly stove to thaw themselves out. 

A drought had hit the area and so many of the area people 
left Ozone and now his family purchased a home in Ammon and the 
remainder of his school was all in the same building, but the 
three "R's" were sternly taught to each student. 

At this time of his life the Judy family lived in Ammon 
during the school year but would return 'home' to Ozone for the 
summer months. 

The family was one of love and compaionship . Their 
activities were 'homemade' and they had the deepest respect for 
each other. Their was no cars, no movies, no T. V., just good 
wholesome recreation. Their meals were common and filling. No 
frills at their table. Clifford still remembers his Mother's 
dried apple pies. Oh, how good they were. Home made ice cream 
was a common desert at their table. 

On November 3, 1934, he was called on a mission for the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, to the North Central 
States with headquaarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served a 
remarkable mission and was released October 26, 1936. 

Soon after returning from his mission he met a young lady at 
a church party. She had recently moved to Idaho Falls for 
employment. He knew she was the one. She was Marjorie Merrill 
from Providence, Utah. They were married in the Logan Temple on 
September 29, 1937, and have made their home in Ammon, Idaho. 



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They have raised a family of four sons and two daughters; 
Margene (Terrell), Douglas Merrill (married Terry Lynn Fisher), ' 
Lyle Clifford (married Donean Robertosn) , Dan Eugene, (married 
Carla Rae Miller), Di Ann (married Steven Peirson) , and Max Allen 
Judy. In 1983 they have 36 grand children and 1 great grand 
daughter. All of their immediate family reside in the Ammon area 
and they enjoy each other's association and accomplishments, 

Clifford has been active in the communtity, school and the 
LDS church. He served on the city counsel, the cemetery board, 
and PTA organizations of the school district. He has served as 
Bishop of the Ammon 1st Ward, Ammon 2nd Ward, served on the Ammon 
Stakej High Councel, was Su. nday School Superintendent and has 
taught adult and youth classes as well as an active scout leader. 

For over 15 years he hiked with his wife and the young 
ladies of the Ammon Stake. No trail in the Teton Canyons have 
bee untouched by them. He has hiked in the area east of Idaho 
Falls and has shown many people these areas. He is presently 
serving as an Officiator and Sealer in the Idaho Falls Temple. 

Clifford loves outdoor life and activity. He has taught his 
family to do likewise, whether it is summer or winter. He and 
his family have all enjoyed these activities together. 

The highlight of his grand children's lives is when they 
can go with their grandpa on a hike or on a sleigh ride. All are 
memory building experiences for him and his family. 

He is loved and respected by all for his understanding ways 
and his patience to cope with any situation. He has been a joy 
to know and many people revere him as a helpful and loving 
person. May his life and name be remembered for the good he has 
accomplished. 

By Marjorie Merrill 

MAIBEN AND LEDA SAYER JONES 

The Jones moved to Ammon in 1938, when they had rented 
Leonard Ball's home which is located 1 mile east and 1 mile north 
of Ammon store. Bishop Lyman Whiting owned the place. 

The children from Alice down attended school in Ammon. 
Alice graduated from Glenore Elementary School in the hills, then 
attended Ammon High School, in 1842. 

In 19 39, Jones purchased the Joseph Anderson home where they 
live for 30 years. All the children grew up and married while in 
this home. 

In 1967, the Jones rented the old Anderson home out, and 
buiilt a new white brick home south of where the Red Barn stood. 
Jones lived in the Loneanda Apartments until their home was 
finished. 

Caroline and Weston Bishop bought the Anderson home. Johnny 
Elect of lona, built the new white home in 1968. 

In 1938, when Jones first came to Ammon, the town was 
small, compact, and also close knit. Everyone around knew 
everyone else. Our boys played basketball and we attended most 
all the games. The year Duane ' s team played, they beat all the 
teams in the region, then were defeated at Rupert. 

One ward held all the people. Lyman Whiting was the Bishop. 
All activities centered around school and church. Winters were 



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more severe than they are now, one year, about 1948, there was no 
school, church, nor mail for 1 month. We had home socials where 
we could walk, candy pulls, played games and had home fun. The 
snow plows had sonw piled to the cross bars of the telephone 
poles . 

During the second World War, Alice went to nurses cadet, 
with preliminaries at University of Utah, with basic 6 months 
attending LDS Business College. After graduation she worked at 
Fort Douglas until her marriage in 1946 to Harry Day of Ammon, 
who had just returned from the European War. He was in the 
Battle of the Bulge. 

Alice and Harry lived on the Day ranch at Bone. Here 3 boys 
were born to them, they moved to Stevensvil le , Montana. Dallas 
was a victim of Vietnam War and died 1971. Steven is still on 
the ranch in Montana. Cody lives with his family at Post Falls, 
Idaho. Kelley, the only girl and husband attended College at 
Dillon, Montana. Our Duane graduated 1945 and went into the 
service. 

Darwin Judy volunteered for army when only 18 years old. 
They found the service was not such a ball, he and Duane 
separated, as they v/ere buddies at Fort Douglas, Utah, and Duane 
married Celia Thompson, his high school sweetheart. They have 
six children. Duane attended 3 years at UAC and 4 years at 
Pullman, Washington where he graduated as a veterinariean, built 
two clinics in Idaho Falls. He sold his business in 1972 and 
took over the Jones Ranch at Genore on Sellar's Creek. Duane was 
a horse lover and won many trophies in calf-roping. 

Jeanine attended high school in Ammon, college at the 
University of Idaho, went two years at Southern Branch College 
in Pocatello, and taught school in Wendell for one year, then 
worked for AEC for several years. She married Rex Murdock, they 
have two daughters. Jeanine now teaches at Skyline High School 
in Idaho Falls. 

David Milton was called Mickie in school to Ammon friends. 
He graduated from high school in 1949, attended BYU in 1950, UAC 
in 1951, at Washington State in Pullman in 1953, and graduated 
from University of Utah in 1958. 

He majored in gynecology and obstetrics at Ogden, Utah and 
attended University of Utah another year. He married LaRue 
Coffin of Ammon in LDS Temple. They had four children: Greg, 
lives in Trewal, California, Gi lives in Redwood, California, 
Rebecca is attending college in Pocatello, and David who died at 
birth. 

Dr. David Milton is practicing medicine in Pocatello. He 
has a trailer home on the home ranch at Sellar's Creek, and 
spends summers there. He filled a mission for the LDS Church in 
Maryland in 1972. 

Submitted by Leda S. Jones 

DELBERT OTTESON AND BERNICE MOORE from Ririe 
NEPHI AND LENORE OTTESON postmaster 

Delbert was the son of homesteader pioneers, Nehi and Lenore 
Otteson, some of the first homesteaders of Ozone. They operated 
the first store and only Post Office at Ozone, as well as grubbed 



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the sage brush and built homes and shelters on the new area back 
in 1908-1910. They were very accomdating and friendly. Deb, as 
we nick-named him, attended first and second grades in Ozone, in 
the frame building now standing just south of the Ammon School, 
used for a commercial building. It was moved to Ammon after the 
District was dissolved. The third and fourth grades were 
attended in Ammon. 

Ottesons spent one winter along about 1910-1912 in Ammon. 
They moved such staples such as groceries, candy and canned 
goods, and locked them in an extra room of the rock house across 
from the school. Dean took me in and showed me, as we watched 
the eclipse of the sun on the front lawn, the first I had ever 
seen. Delbert also said they spent the winter of 1924 - 1925 in 
Ammon and lived in a little house across the street from the 
Abe Day home, possibly Alfred and Ada Campbell's home while they 
were in Montana. 

In 1926 Otteson's moved to Montana at Conrad, where they 
were disappointed in farming there. In 1940 they moved to 
Hillfield where they were custodians, they both worked together. 
Delbert and Joy continued their schooling there. 

Delbert and Bernice moved to Idaho Falls after their 
marriage in about 1936, where he worked for Potato Growers until 
his retirement. 

Delbert is Building and Maintenance man for Idaho Falls 
Stake Houses, to test and check against fire and erosion and 
other destruction and preventative duties. 

Bernice Moore Otteson is from a family of homesteaders and 

pioneers also. Her people helped build the Great Feeder Canal 

II at Shelton and she was born there. Delbert and Bernice had four 

€.'■ children: Dennis married LaNae Jensen, Karen (Jeppson) Sherri 

^;: (Berg) ?????? 

c: ' submitted by Delbert Otteson 

a 

BESSIE RACHEL JAMESON 

Bessie was born 2 March, 1905, in Colonial Morelas Sonara, 
Mexicao, at the Jameson home and was the eleventh child of her 
parents. The first position Bessie held was librarian of La Sal, 
Utah Primary, being set apart from her father, Alexander Jameson. 
In a few years was Sunday school teacher in 1920. In 1930, after 
marrying Laverne Judy, they moved to Ammon where they later 
purchased the old Abbey Owen farm, across the street from 
Kelley's Store in Ammon. 

She was set apart as second Councelor in Relief Society to 
Dora Ball by Lyle Anderson, in July 1934 where she served -as 
counselor for seven years. She also served as junior girl's 
teach in MIA for sometime. 

She was set apart by President Lenord Ball as Teachers 
Topic Leader in the Idaho Falls Stake Relief Society, under 
Sister Corra Christensen Stake Relief Society President, for five 
years. She later served as counselor in Stake Relief Society 
under Idetta Merrill. 

She was set apart as Ammon Primary Chorister by Reed 
Blatter and as Stake Primary Chorister of Idaho Falls Stake 
September 5, 1946, by Cecil Hart. The Singing Mother's were 

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directed by Bessie for many years and has she been a Singing 
Mother as long as it has been organized. 

One summer she cared for the children of Cecil B. Gates in 
Salt Lake City. In return, he gave her piano lessons. It was a 
choice experience. He loved his great music ability each hour of 
his life. What an honor it was to be in the General Conference 
when they wheeled him in Ihis wheel chair and he presented two of 
his own compositions, "The Lord's Prayer" and "My Savior Lives"! 

Bessie and Laverne had five girls, the first one died at 
birth, but what a joy for ttj^. four daughters: La Jean 
(deceased), Dahl married Boyd Mills, Beth Alene married David 
Bodily, Dorothy married Lynn Scoresby, and Lois LaVern married 
Jay Cratchfield. 

by Bessie Judy 

WILLIAM LAVERNE JUDY AND BESSIE RACHEL JAMESON 19 3 

William Laverne Judy was born January 24, 1903, to William 
Aaron and Mary Ann Ward Judy, at Salem, Fremont County, Idaho. 
His grand-parents were --Mother was daughter of George P. Ward, 
Father was the son of William Judy. He was blessed April 5, 
1903 at Salem, Idaho. On April 22, 1911 he was baptized by 
Bernice R. Harris at Salem, Idaho and confirmed the same day by 
Augustus E. Belnap. 

Laverne*s parents homesteaded at Ozone, Idaho about 1910, and 
Laverne graduated from the elementary school in Ozone, then 
attended college at Ricks in Rexburg. Had started school in 
Salem where there were several grades held in the one room. He 
went through the first three grades in one year, and was promoted 
to the next room. Laverne was seven years old when the Judy's 
moved to Ozone. 

Lavern's father, Aaron Judy, was the first and only bishop 
of Ozone Ward. He served from 1914 - until 1925, when the ward 
v/as dissolved on account of the drought and so many families 
moved out. For nearly 12 years the Ozone Ward was full fledged, 
having all the auxiliaries, also the new ;t?eligion class which 
Laverne attended. 

The family moved to Ammon in 1925. Laverne held many 
prominent positions: Sunday School Supertendent at Ozone as well 
as at Ammon, MIA Assistant at Ammon with Edson Porter, Second 
Counselor in the Bishopric to Bishop Lyman J. Whiting for several 
years, 1935-1941. 

Laverne was ordained a deacon by Butler Wallace February 7, 
1925; Teacher by William F. Anderson May 4, 1919. He was 
ordained a Priest at Ozone by David C. Campbell and as Elder by 
Alva Clark Judy about 1926 in the Ozone Ward. 

Laverne received his Endowments April 18, 1926, and departed 
for a mission to Canada April 18, 1926. He returned May, 1928. 
He received his Patriarchal Blessing December 14, 1919 by A. J. 
Hansen. He was ordained a Seventy in 1928. 

In April 2, 1930, Lavern married Bessie Rachel Jameson, 
daughter of Alexander and Millicent Ferris Jameson, in the Salt 
Lake Temple, by George F. Richards. He was ordained a High 
Priestf by Lyle M. Anderson March 15, 1936. 

After moving to Ammon Laverne was a Sunday School Teacher, a 



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Ward Teacher, Priest Advisor, and served on the Village Board of 
Ammon. He also served as a trustee, and as Chairman of the 
Finance Committee to build the new Ammon Ward Chapel on Central 
Avenue. The cost of the building was $325,000.00. With the help 
of Dean Elkington, all of the funds were gathered and waiting 
when the construction was ready to go. 

by Bessie Judy 

CLARK AND BARBRA BARZEE 
Their Ammon days began in 1930 when they moved from Birch 
Creek Basin to Ammon to find a high school. There was a school 
at Birch Creek for the younger grades only. 

They lived in the west part of Ammon in the Grandma Barzee 
home part time. Their ranch in the Basin was sold in two parts 
to his brother Levi Barzee. One sale in 1951 and the other in 
1953. 

Clark and Barbra liked to sing. Both worked in many church 
offices in the Bone Branch, Ozone and Lewisville in later years. 
Clark played organ and violin, also directed music. He was 
working for Zeck Piano Company in Idaho Falls one year where sold 
he several organs and pianos to needful families. 

And interesting trade was transacted between he and Bryant 

Stringham who was in the Branch Presidency. Miranda was asked to 

be Branch Organist, (she accepted if she could have something to 

practice on) . Clark had just cleaned and repaired a pump organ 

that was in good condition. Bryant had a black horse he didn't 

need and which Clar k wanted. So the trade was made and both 

,.ii were satisfied and the hymns were ready for Sacrament Meeting 

'i; each Sunday. The Stringhams appreciated this through the years 

,"; • and deep friendships ensued until the death of Barzees. 

'■•;: ' Miranda was asked to make up both of their life sketches, for 

'^.< : Clark and Barbra and to read them. 

n: In 1925 the Barzees had a family group picture of their 

family: Delf a ( Jones ) , Arlo, Af ton (Hokanson) , Hugh, 
Nellie (Sexton) , Delbert, Opal (Neilson) and later Newell (not in 
picture) . 

Barzees m.oved to Lewisville after they sold their ranch 
home, where they lived until their death in . They 
purchased the home where Levi Clements resides now, 1983, in 
Lewisville, Idaho. 

by Afton E. Hokanson 

E. W. JOHNSON SR. 

In July of 1912, because if the Agrarean Revolution in old 
Mexico, the Mormon colonists children of Chihalen and Sonora were 
forced into the United States. Soon after the inhabitants of 
Colonal Diaz landed in Hachita New Mexico and the rebels burned 
the colony, a return was never m.ade possible. The problem of 
where to go was solved for E. W. Johnson, his son-in-law, Chris 
Galbraith wrote that he had located 320 acres sections adjoining 
each other of dry land just seven miles east of Ammon, Idaho. 
This place was near his own dry-farm spread. 

Consequently in the late 1912, members of the Johnson Family 
were soon homesteading east of Ammon. They built homes in 

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their separate corners so as to be neighbors. There were Elmer 
W. Johnson and wife, Janie, and son Loren; and daughter Verna; 
Mrs. William Black, his mother and daughter Abby; Mrs. Burrell 
Kendricks, and four brouthers, Andrew, Kendrick and wife Sarah 
Emily, known as S. E. Since there was no water on the dry farms, 
water had to be hauled from Sand Creek, or a spring or well, and 
stored in cisterns, which were usually built on a rise above the 
house so as to have fall when pumped out. 

One water wagon seved all four homes. Many farm machines 
and implements were shared. Families took turns wintering in on 
the farms. While the others moved into town. 

When Elmer W. Jr. of Thatcher, Arizona suffered a slight 
stroke paralysis, loosing the use of his right side and his 
speech, his wife Annie Richardson and two babies, decided the 
best thing to do was to prove up on the farms. 

His father located near and Jr. went to Idaho to 
convalesce and be near his father, who had found a 320 acre 
section of land open, just west of the other spread. All thought 
he should homestead that while he convalesced. 

Annie with two babies, Enola and Willis and an invalid 
husband entrained for Idaho Falls. Arthur Astel was their 
neighbhor on the north, the farm included part of Uker Valley, on 
the east. William Galbraith on the big hill east and north, 
Charles Kingston south in Henry Creek. 

With the help of the husband and family a shed, roofed house 
lumber room of 12 by 15 was soon ready just 1 1/2 miles west of 
the Johnson dry farm. Elmer improved rapidly until he could use 
the riding plow and Loren helped him with the more difficult 
jobs, of fencing, etc. 

A small tornado picked up our house and took us for our 
first air ride, as we were carried off down the hill while in 
bed, some distance and set us down on the roof. Luckily the 
family escaped injury, but most everything was beaten into a 
batter. After that we named our farm "Somersault". 

There had been no room for the trundle bed, so it was sit at 
the head of the kitchen cabinet. This held it tight and was not 
hurt. Our extra bedding and quilts covered us, so we were 
protected. The house shook, then bounced us around, then the 
wind took us off on the roof. 

It was a joyful time as we watched Elmer regain his health, 
he had read practicaly all the books from the library, as well as 
the scriptures. We drove each Sunday, in horse and buggy, of 
course, to Ammon to Sunday School. 

After proving up, we sold the land to Anderson's and bought 
a home at Clinton, Utah near Ogden. 

It was so good to see Elmer regain his speech, for the stroke 
was in the right side, and he could not say a word for some time. 
Annie answered all the questions from the teacher. The teacher 
would ask, "How would you feel if your husband woke the baby to 
play." Pointing to Annie, "This little woman would kick her 
husband out." (His first words). 

One time Burrell and Merle who were well drillers, lost a 
horse and said, "There's a dollar in his hide" he meant to sell 
the hide. Later they found the kids poking at the dead carcus , 



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with sticks to get the dollar out. 

submitted by Annie Richardson Johnson 

(by compiler) 

We too rode to Ammon each Sunday, in a white topped buggy, 
as we passed this area we could see these four families, and 
wondered just where they were going. After 1912, Ozone became a 
Ward so we stayed in the hills the year around. 

In the winter of 1979-1980 my husband and I were in Mesa, 
Arizona and contacted this Annie Johnson, we had both been in 
school together at Ammon, "It's a small world after all." 

Both of us are writers. 

submitted by Annie R. Johnson 



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JOSEPH A. THOMPSON AND LADILLA LEAVITT 

The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company brought many people to Ammon, 
Idaho to reside while employed at the sugar factory. The 
Thompsons came from the southern part of the state, Bear Lake and 
Lewiston. They came to Ammon in 1929 and Joseph did cement work 
for the factory. He also worked on the spillway of the falls, on 
the Snake River, in Idaho Falls. 

The Thompsons lived on Sunnyside Road, in the west end of 
the town of Ammon. One day a friend, Bryant Stringham, was 
coming along the road and saw a fire on the roof of the Thompson 
house, he stopped and went inside to see if any one was at home. 
Mrs. Thompson was alone, frightened her terribly, had not noticed 
the dead leaves burning in the trough of the roof. No fire 
department was called as the fire was put out with little damage 
done below, Bryant climbed on the roof and took an axe and cut 
out from the shingles the part that was burning. It made a hole 
in the roof, but probably saved the home. Mrs. Thompson was so 
happey he saw it in time. Only a small repair had to be made in 
the roof. This was sometime around 1936-37. 

The children attended school in Ammon, and the Thompsons 
were active in the ward. 

Joseph and Ladilla had six children: Loy (Campbel 1 ) , 
Fay (Sanders) , Ned, was in the Navy, (deceased), Mosel 1 (Cauble) , 
Ceclia (Jones) , and Boyd. 

Joseph died December 4, 1971 and Ladilla died in June 7, 
1973, just two years between their deaths. Both had served a 
good useful life in their communities. Both were buried in the 
Rose Hill Cemetery. 

By Ceclia T. Jones 

LEWIS AND HAZEL EMPEY 

Our dear friend Hazel Empey lived to see her 91 birthday, 
which is a milestone in any one's life if they can keep their 
faculties . 

Hazel was born in 1890 in Hyrum, Utah, the daughter of A. 
C. Anderson and Eliza Curtis Anderson. They moved to lona when 
she was 6 months old, then to Ammon where she attended the 
schools and the remainder of her useful life, except one year in 
Idaho Falls. 

On January 1, 1909, she became the bride of Lewis Empey, 
son of Joe Empey. In later years, 1963 this marriage was 
solemnized in the Logan Temple. 

Hazel was active in the LDS church, Daughter of the Utah 
Pioneers, active in PTA and also the Red Cross. 

Lewis worked for the Taylor Road Commission and also was a 
rider for the Progressive Canals. He died in 1963 and was buried 
in the Ammon Cemetery. 

Hazel died May 1982 and is buried in Ammon Cemetery. 

Four daughters survive Hazel and Lewis: Myrtle Tippetts, 
of California; Ruby Jockumen, Evelyn Moeller, June Brockman, all 
of Idaho Fal 



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JOSEPH EMPEY AND CHRISTINE LEWIS EMPEY 
Joe, as he was called was born in Lehi, Utah as were all the 
other Empey boys who came to Ammon. Joe was borne in 1858, his 
wife Christine came from WALES. They had arrived in Ammon some 
time before 1895 because Joe was called on a mission from the 
Ammon Ward in 1895. 

He homesteaded 160 acres south of Ammon, and later sold it 
to Joe Lee. Joe sold it to his son, and wife, Eldon Lee. 

Joe Empey, Dr. Coulthard, and Dr. Cline went together on 
some deals. One of these may have been the ranch on Pine 
Mountain where the Empey ' s had sheep. Lou, his son, worked with 
him. Lou had small pox, while staying with Lucy Cox Empey, was 
really sick, she must have helped him through. The Empey 's also 
owned land on Brockman Creek in the mountains, 

by Enda Edwards 

CHARLES HAYES AND PRISCILLA GORIN 
The Hayes have a long line of builders, and ceramic and 
brick work in England. Charles married Priscilla Gorin in 
England in 1885 - Or 95 in the endowment house in Salt Lake City. 
After the first wife died, he married Rosetta Lacey. 

Charles came to America before his family, to make enough to 
send for his family. He settled in Bountiful and made brick. 
They also made brick while in Ammon. Charles did the temple 
work for his parent's after he came to the west. He sent for his 
family, three of them were baptized during their life, and came 
with the mother. Priscilla was the mother of Titus McCowin. 

A brick was salvaged from a house built before the turn of 
the Century, it is plainly marked HAYES, this was at Ammon. 
:;::, : There was also a JACOB AND CATHERINE HAYES in Ammon in the 
c:;; 1900 census. Possibly children of our relatives of Charles and 
'^Q Priscilla who came from England. All of the Hayes found here 

^: were construction people or brick workers. 

CLARENCE CARTER AND RUTH LINDSAY CARTER 
Clarence and Ruth lived in Ammon when their family were 
young. They came from the mines in Eureka, Utah to Ammon in 
1911, as Leotta was born in Eureka, Utah. Carters worked for 
wages, probably in the sugar factory. The children are: Marie 
{ ), Noah, a trucker, Vera, worked for French's in Shelley, 
Leotta (Carl Steele, killed with a train), Llyod Beesley, moved 
1927, to Shelley, Hope, beautician. Gene, construction, and 
Haldeen. 

The Carter's had a homestead on Bulls Fork, a tributary to 
the Willow Creek.- Leota and Vera worked for R. T. French 'for 
many years. 

Leota and Carl Steele had two girls, after Carl died Leota, 
sold out to Kenny Gunnarson. For fifteen years she has been a 
member of Eastern Star. She and Lloyd live on 11th Street in 



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Idaho Falls. 



by Leotta C. Beasley 



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BUILDERS 

AND 

CONSTRUCTION 







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AMMONWARD HOUSE about 1920 Before rh./«"' ----- _ ■ 

additions made. This is what fw ^^.T* ^^^ divisions or 
xaxs IS What they called OLD AM-ION. 








Alfred ^Jid ,\i^ Campbell irA Daughters, 
Beth ^nd Shirley, 




Picture 1890. Welfare started 
1936. This granary was used 
by the Relief Society to store 
wheat . 




Left - Barzee Family 
Top - Hugh, Arlo, Clark, D 
Barbra, Afton. Bottom - 
^^e.llis, Baby Newell 



Top right: 
Wilford, Afton 
Hokanson. Darin, 
Lenaia, Devon. 





Rhona (Legg) 




Vione (Graham) 




Yohlon (Golper) 


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Clint 




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Picture taken 




1982, Salt Lake 


C.3 


City 




This old rock House 
has had many tenants. 

William Owen built it. 
Joseph Andrsons family 
lived there for many years. 

Mae Anderson boarded 
school teachers here. 



BINGHAMS-ERASTUS, WILLIAM, AND PERRY 

The father, Erastus married Laura Lords, daughter of William 
Lords, south of Ammon. Binghams came to the Dewey district in 
the fall of 1907. 

Will's parents were born in Ogden, Utah the mother in 
Pleasant Grove. They were married in the Logan Temple, before it 
was entirely finished. 

William was born in the order for the garndfather was a 
polygamist. The family moved to Tuscon, Arizona, probably to 
avoid the persecution. 

The children were: Perry, Anna Mae, Alfred, William, the 
oldest, and Earl. 

Will quotes: "I remember driving to Arizona with two four 
horse teams in a covered wagon, when we crossed the Colorado 
River the horses had to swim. I was only four years old but can 
remember how frightened my mother was about the Indians, when 
they were on the war path." 

I started to school in Tuscon, Arizona but had to quit. 
Father decided too move to the river road north of Idaho Falls. 
The house had a dirt roof, and would leak, we were staying with 
Joe Lords, a relative. 

We later moved to Lincoln near Coltman, our neighbhor was 
Newt Casper. From there we moved to Ammon in 1907, and took up 
some real virgin land. The brush had to be removed from the land 
before we could farm it. Father would drag an iron rail over the 
brush then we would burn it. The place was south of Ammon. When 
I was eighteen years old I hired out to Joseph Empey to get a 
man's pay, and I did, Joe had a threshing machine and Lundbergs 
helped operate it. I worked on this machine for twenty years, 
then several more as engineer for my father. 

Spent some years working for Inland Ice Company where I 
learned to cut ice and sell it. They also delivered coal. The 
ice was cut from the river. It seemed my work was with machines. 
I spent several years on the Great Feeder Canal, operating a 
drag-line. Also worked on the Idaho Canal. It was twelve miles 
long. One time I had to drag the line through Rexburg. 

The Hog Holler or Pleasant View people had good dances and 
I was young and liked to dance. At one of these dances I met 
Vina Owen. I courted her for about two years. We were married 
November 22, 1911 in the Salt Lake Temple. 

Our first home was a shanty near Old Rock House on the ranch 
north east of Ammon. We homesteaded on Taylor Creek and Vina was 
alone very much of the time, as I was away threshing. We never 
had any children and never adopted any. 

Vina had poor health so we spent many winters in California. 
We stayed one summer where I worked for the Southern California 
Gas Compoany as a service truck operator. I also read meters. 
We stayed there one year. Came back to Idaho in 1920. My wife 
Vina worked in a laundry, and I worked on the new LDS hospital in 
Idaho Falls, Dr. H. Ray Hatch was promoting the project. 

Our dances in Ammon were held in the old recreation hall. 
We drove there in horse and buggy. Jim Empey married my cousin, 
Stella Lords, and we were real pals. We four would nearly always 
go together, we would go to Taylor and Shelley, also. 



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BINGHAMS CONT. 

The first pretty black horse I ever owned, I bought from Abe 
Day. He was a beauty and always on the bit. Vina worked for 
Abe. 

John, Than, and Lavar Gardner were to the dances with their 
girls, in those days it was customary to exchange dances, so we 
had fun and a variety. William and Perry both homesteaded, Perry 
stayed and bought forty acres, from Norman Bingham. 

Our father Erastus moved to town, I bought a home from my 
brother-in-law, Alfred Campbell, on thirteenth and Higby in Idaho 
Falls. I went to carpentry work with J. R. Grimmett in 1937. 

I have withstood two bad depressions 1919 and 32. I built 
John Homer's home also John Sharp, and the Errington home. We 
were two years building the senior high school on Holmes. 

The Retirement Home near the hospital was my last job. Then 
I retired. Vina died in 1972. I have been alone seven years, in 
my comfortable home on Midway in Ammon. 

Spent many years working in the temple. Still around in 
1983, when this was written. 

By Will Bingham 

ALFRED EASTON CAMPBELL 
My dad, Alfred Easton Cam.pbell, was born January 3, 1896 to 
David Charley and Minerva Elizabeth Campbell at Escalante, 
Territory of Utah. As Utah was made a state the next year, on 
January 4 1897. They lived in Escalante for six years. 

In the spring of 1901, his parents, along with five other 
familities dedided to go to Ammon, Bonneville County, Idaho, a 
Sir' distance of 600 miles. They made the move in wagons. The family 
;:jl of Mitchell's encouraged them to move. It took twenty-one days 
*£;! to go by horse and wagon from Escalante, Utah to the Sand hills 
\:2 south of Ammon. 

y' There were four outfits that left: David William, his 
I father and family, a brother-in-law and sister, Lemuel Young and 
family, a brother, John Richard Campbell, James Mitchell and 
sons, Zetland, and Johnny. 

In the fifth wagon was grandpa David Charley, his wife 
Minerva and children: Charles Ervin, Alfred Easton, Aronld, and 
baby Lois Minerva, these all came to Ammon in 1901. 

There was work to be had on the railroad near Basalt where 
they were changing the main narrow gauge rails to wide ones, and 
improving the grade up the incline, almost to Idaho Falls. The 
train and rails went on into Montana. Most of the men camped 
below what is now Kimball hill and grandpa David put his 
faithful team to work to get cash for food. They had been a 
long time on the road and needed food. They worked here for 
six weeks. Some of the others moved on to Ammon, and camped on 
the Hillside Canal on what was later the Ernest Burgie place. 

Ephraim Empey came to their camp and offered the men a job 
putting up hay. Grandpa and family stayed there all summer 
working on his farm and he let them live in his grainary. Later 
David Charley and his family moved to the Neilsen old home in 
Ammon. On the 24 of July 1902, Ammon put on a parade, it was 
the first one my dad, had ever seen. The floats were on wagons 



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pulled by teams of horses. Hours had been spent decorating, the 
effect was lovely. 

The parade was just commencing when it started to snow. The 
freakish weather tore the bunting off the floats and horses, and 
left a sorry sight. The Campbell families were broke or they 
would have started back to Escalante the next day. 

My dad, Alfred and my mother, Ada Owen were neighbors and 
went to school at Ammon together. The Campbell's lived on the 
east end of Seventh Street, on the old Norton place, on the north 
side, and Ada, mom's family lived across the street 
kitty-cornered, on the south side. Only an eighth of a mile 
between homes. They walked to Ammon school two miles away every 
day except when the weather was bad. Then the Owen's or 
neighbors would take them in a bob sleigh or wagon drawn by 
horses . 

In the spring of 1906 my dad's people homesteaded on the 
head of Badger Creek in the hills. The place was later called 
Ozone, south and east of Ammon on the OLD LANDER'S TRAIL. 

All the Campbell children helped grandpa build up the 
homestead claim. 

By 1912 so many homesteaders had filed claims that there was 
an LDS ward at Ozone. Grandpa was the third man to file on a 
homestead claim. The first year the boys spent most of the time 
holding down the claim by squatters right. They lived in a tent, 
while their dad and older brothers worked in the valley for the 
money needed for wire, fencing, and lumber to build. It was 
surveyed by the government in 1912 offically, and found to be off 
only a few feet, from their dad's lining up with a dishtowel and 
a handplow on a pole from ridge to ridge. All they had done was 
made legal and the work of improving commenced. 

The next summer the tent had a floor and walls in it. Four 
summers the mother, Minerva, and two small children, Lewis and 
Miranda, held down the homestead, while the older men worked in 
the valley in haying , beets, and spuds. It was not long until 
the entire dry-farm was fenced, and acres were broken from brush. 

In the winter of 1915, dad and his friends were skiing near 
White Hill, dad was delighted v/ith the view. He was not yet old 
enough to be of the age, so kept his eye on the place with a mesa 
top to farm and in the canyon below a spring, and place for a 
cabin. When old enough he filed a claim on this homestead. It 
was in this beautiful meadow that he built a log cabin for his 
new bride, Ada Owen, his school day sweetheart. Near the place 
coming from the west side where Rock Creek falls down over a 
ledge is a beautiful waterfall. The tall rounded hill bounded 
the east side of this meadow. The location is east and south of 
Ozone about three miles. 

Alfred and Ada had been married April 5, 1916 in the Salt 
Lake Temple. They attended conference in the great tabernacle, 
and returned to Ozone to their little paradise on Rock Creek. 

Alfred was called to Idaho Falls to help build the new high 
school on North Boulevard. Ada was expecting her first baby in 
the winter, so Alfred's sister, Miranda, would ride the shcool 
wagon with the kids from Ozone School, then walk down the cliff 
road and stay with Ada at night. When the snow got deep, Ada was 



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taken to the Campbell home at Ozone. The newly weds needed the 
money Alfred was making so bad. 

On December 23, 1916 dad and mom attended a Christmas Party 
at the Ozone school that grandpa and dad had helped build. My 
mother was Pestless and grandpa advised my dad to get Ada out to 
Ammcn. They drove by horses and sleigh through Yuker Valley 
where I was almost born. Dad had put nice dry straw and plenty 
of bedding in the sleigh. They were both very concerned and 
frightened, so dad pushed the horses. This was December 24th. 
They arrived just in time for grandma Owen to bring me into the 
world, in the rock hc":ise where dad and mom had courted. Many 
moves were made and many misfortunes came to my folks, but they 
weathered the storms and had many more children, all born in 
Ammon but two, Holland and Don, who were born in Bynum, Montana, 
while the folks were called there on an unfortunate deal. Dad to 
do building for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. 

Alfred, my dad had done real good doing carpentry work on 
Hayes Project, Paramount Theatre, Idaho Falls High School and 
many churches, but thruough the influence of some sugar officials 
he left and went to Montana. Here is where he became discouraged 
and about lost his shirt. 

Ada too, worked helping with school lunches after her family 
were raised. She also did home nursing and still was with her 
; family, while they were still at home. 

After Alfred and Ada retired they both loved to fish. After 
their Montana days, and they had returned to Ammon to the little 
house where several of the children were born, it was a common 
i;ii,i thing to see them get in their car, take their hip boots, and 
ti'j fishing clothes, and head for the fishing streams usually on the 

i'j \ South Fork of the Snake River. Both would come home with their 
'^-;j; ^ catch and limit. They put on waders and got out into the 
^<, ' stream ind deep pools. 

a'- . Alter they had reared their Baker's Dozen, it was fun to get 
' ; together and get away. 

This is the list of the Baker's Dozen : 

Grace (Barr) , Leland (deceased) , Hazel (Elder) , Melvin Lewis 
, (Marie Hodgson), Virgie (deceased), Arden Alfred (Ruth Phillips), 
, Velda (William F. Lye * a college professor), Ray Albert (Earli 
Hurst), Rolland Easton (Carol Speelman) , Don Merlin (Betty 
^ Fralick) , Derlin Leon (Deon Larson) , Shirley (Raymond Park) , and 
. Beth (Lee Bowles) . 

■ There were thirteen children, fifty grand children, one 
, hundred and one great grand children, and fourteen great, great 
, grand children. This was in 1983, when this book was published. 

^ — - - submitted by Grace Campbell Barr 



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Sports Editor — Garth E.Tipey 

lypists — Marianna George 

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Assistant Typists Ceola Pjrcell 

Kay Call 

Artist — Beverly Bailey 

Reporters Ruth Pickett 

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JOHN JUDY, President 
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At the first meeting of the Alumni Association held November 3, 1939, John Judy was 
;ted OS president, Mrs. Vivian Holm Sylvester, vice-president, end Sora Crook, secretary. 

1920-1940 

The history of Ammon High School is one of growth ond development. In 1920, Ammon High School began 
one-year school with Mr. Arch Darley os superintendent. Mr. D. T. Vv'illiams wos rhe next superintendent, 
nwhile, o demand for additional high school work mode it necessary to extend the course of study to two years 
924 ond then to three years of high school by 1927. A stucco building was added to core for the steadily 
(osing number of students. During Mr. R. T. Magleby's term of office, m 1929, a four-year high school 
established ot Ammon. Mr. B. H. Borrus, the present superintendent, came to Ammon m 1933. During his 
nistrotion o new gymnasium was being built, but burned before completion. Later, m 1938, a completely 
ern school, including ouditorium and gymnasium, was finished. 

The course of study offered by the high school has grown to meet the demands of increased enrollment and 
:hanging world. In addition to the basic high school classes, Smith-Hughes Agriculture and Home Economics, 
c, commerce, and dramatic classes have been added through the years to moke a well rounded program 

PRESIDENTS OF STUDENT BODY OF AMMON HIGH SCHOOL 



5 Beuloh Singley Anderson 

Reed Blotter 

- Clara Field Anderson 



> John Judy 



' Evelyn Empey Tippets 

' Vivian Holm Sylvester 



1930 Lorin Volmer 

1931 Ewin Wright 

1932 Richard Curtis 

1933 Vido Bingham 

1934 Virginia Denning Porter 

1935 . .. Leon Jensen 



1936 
1937 
1938 
1939 



Lola Reed Barrett 

Max Smith 

Roy Empey 

Dean Marshall 



Source of this information, porticulorly of the eorly years of the school's history, is from 
memory of former students since records ore not ovoiioble 



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President - - , , . Vioia Campbell 

Vice-President Mav Call 

Secretary Maurine Field 

Yell King - - Dean Marshall 

Assistant ~- -.-.. Bcula Hammer 

Assistant Genevieve Call 



During the basketball season of- 1936-'17. the Pep Club have given the 
basketball squad their lustiest support. With the aid of the Pep Band, the school 
song, "Cheer For Old Ammon. " has echoed to the rafters, urging the piavers to 
greater effort. Their spirited cheers and abundant energy have given chis group 
the well deserv^^fitle-'-Pep Club."' 




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Presidcat Genevieve Oil 

Vice-President - - Chester Isaacs 

Secretary Leiia Schwarie 

Social Committee - . . . ' . . . . . . June Campbell 

Dick Norton 

Ross Peterson 

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Advisor -X ' ' ' ' Wiss Anderson 



"The Casr" was organized by the sp;:ech class of I 936-'37 to develop dramatic 
talent, sociability and aid in furnishing entertainment for the srudent body. 

Membership, outside the speech class, was obtained by participating in three- 
act plays and other public performance, including an initiation planned by the 
dub. -.^^ 

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Science 
Mathematics 



"TvlARlON G. ANDERSON 

English 

Dramatics 



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History 
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Royal Baluf 

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Pierce nelson 

Music 



DON PETERSON 
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PUPILS 

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Maranda Campbell 
Elizaberh Day 
Amelia Grow 
.Maggie Hayes 
Myrtle Lindiey 
Ratli Solberg- 
Truemim Xiiiscn 



Marie Carter 
lota Anderson 
Emma G<vibrictii 
Mildred Gardner 
Mazeil Jones 
Artclla Moien 
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Thr^.•=^a Smith 
Emma Tracy 
Bemice XLcUcn 

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George Smith 
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Robert Carter 

Worth Empey 

Bcnnic Elliiigford 

Jessie Hiatt 

Dale Lee 

Vernal Moien 

Jean X'ielscn 



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George Day 
Alien Fieid.s 
CTirford Lee 
Wiltord Mitchell 
Earl Moien 
EkTaiie Oweti 
Derrald Ricks 
Earnest Soiberg 
Laverl Tracy 
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[,. J. Xoil-on. Secretary 

Leonard Ball. Treasurer 

J. J. Hammer Alfred Empey 

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SCHOOLS IN AMMON FROM 1891 - 1949 

Ever since the first settlers made home in Ammon in 1886 
their great concern was to get a school for their children. Even 
before a building was made about 1891 there was an enrollment of 
twenty students, all eight grades were housed in one room. The 
first one was in the home of Bishop Rawson, with Margaret Rawson, 
his wife, and Dora Rawson, his daughter, helping with the 
teaching, in their home. 

To pay expenses there v/as a sort of private tuition from 
those who had children, students were charged five cents per day. 
The parents were to take turns caring and boarding the school 
teacher . 

In 1893, Ammon became a ward, both church and school were 
held in the Rawson home. In 1897 several of the fathers went to 
the hills, cut and hauled logs for a school and church house. 
Among them were the Owens , Southwicks , Empeys , Rawsons and 
probably others. The first log school was erected in 1898. In 
1900 a frame building was erected near the log one. This 
building was used for all recreation, church and school and all 
purposes. This (Old Hall) as Ammon called it, was quaint in it's 
structure. It had a musician's and caller's platform on the 
south side wall, with narrow steps leading to the elevation. 
Here the orchestra, fiddler, accordion, and even the brass band 
would mount and play. Most of the dances were Square and were 
called by a 'caller' as each couple dancing made the changes 
according to the music and calls, all in step with the music. 

"I, Miranda, remember going to these dances with my parents 
for I was an only girl at that time and sitting or leaning 
against the rail near my fatrher as he'X'as one of the 'callers'. 

When Sunday arrived the Old Hall took on another purpose, 
Sunday School. The classes were separated by curtains across 
both ways of the hall forming rooms. The elocution was heard in 
each class, unless the teacher had a soft pitched voice. One 
class would be discussing the 'WORKS OF THE MASTER' while another 
would be learning 'Finger Plays' and another would hear dropped 
phrases of 'Joseph Smiths Story'. It surely was a good place to 
be reviewed. The loudest talker had the attention with only a 
curtain to stop sound." by Miranda Stringham 

On January 23, 1898 Ammon townsite was dedicated. 

This OLD HALL benefitted the people until April 13, 1913 
when the red brick chapel was dedicated, and Bishop Christian 
Anderson made its first bishop. The prayer was offered by James 
E. Talmadge of the First in Salt Lake City. It cost the town 
people and church - $15,000.00; there were 800 people present 
that day, a good showing for such a small village. The census of 
1910 showed a population of 214. 

In 1905, the village of Ammon was incorporated and a school 
district formed. C. W. Peterson, Joseph Anderson, A. F. Zitting, 
Nels Lee, and W. F. Owens, served as trustees. 160 Acres was 
laid out into 16 blocks of 8 lots each. 



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At this 
populations as 
1905 
1910 
1950 
1959 
1965 



time Ammon was part of Bingham County with 
fol lows : 

population 200 

population 214 

population 447 

population 1,450 

population 2,500 



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ABOUT SCHOOLS IN AMMON 

Before the Hillview school was started, there was a sort of 
vote 'on the system. One-half of the teachers of our system favor 
the 8-4 plan, while the others favor the 6-3 plan. It was 
suggested that the upstairs be used for the junior high, and 
grades one to six use the downstairs. 

We feel specialization is needed in the field of music, art, 
and physical education. It was suggested that the facilities, 
such as lighting, heating, ventilation and drinking fountains be 
improved in our building. 

The following article was taken from a 1937 year book: 
Quote- 

"The fire that destoryed our building February 1, 1936, 
created a severe financial loss, and difficult problems in 
housing and in lack of equipment. Through the ideals and 
determination of the shcool board, our regular school program and 
extra curricular activities have successfully continued. We feel 
that they have shown admirable character and true spirit of 
education. As a token of esteem for what the school board has 
accomplished, in keeping the machinery of the school system 
running successfully, during trying times: "WE 
BOOK" - meaning the book as a gift I presume. 

These fourteen goals for schools was found 
book: 

1-Fundamental skills in reading, writing, 
effective oral written expression - How to solve problems. 

2-Appreciation for our democratic heritage 

3-Civic rights and reponsibilties and greater knowledge 
American Institutions. 

4-Respect and appreciation for human values, and for 
beliefs of others 

5-Ability to think and evaluate constructively 
creatively 

6-Effective work habits and self-discipline 

7-Social competency as a contributing factor of his family 
and community 

8-Ethical behavior based on a sense of moral and spiritual 
values 

9-Intel lectual curiosity and eagerness for life long, 
learning 

10-Esthetic appreciation and self expression in rhe arts 

11-Physical and mental health 

12-Wise use of time, constructive leisure, pursuits 

13-Understanding of the physical world, and his relation to 



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it through science knowledge. 

14-Our relationship with world communities. 

Wilmer Lee one of the oldest living men of early Ammon, said 
he attended his first year of schooling 1902 in the log school 
house, but graduated in the two-story brick building. This brick 
building was constructed in 1904 with two rooms upstairs, two on 
the ground floor and a basement room. Five rooms in all, at a 
cost of $8,000.00. 

This school house served until 1920 - when the need came for 
a high school. Charley Ownes had held some classes in the OLD 
HALL, in 1912. A modern school was built equipped with gym, 
shovv^ers, and modern in detail, with two rooms on top, two on the 
main floor with hard wood floors, at a cost of $50,000.00. 

In 1920 - a one year high school was obtained 

In 1921 - another year was added. 

In 1922 - Ammon became an accerdited 2 year high school. R. 
T. Magelby was principal, with 265 students enrolled, and 9 
teachers. Wilmer remembers a Mr. Stocks as principal until Lanny 
Neilsen came and taught 7th and 8th grades with Charley teaching 
the 5th and 6th grades. He remembers some classes were held in 
the OLD HALL when the high school was started. Seminary may have 
been one as that is the only building they had. 

Another help came to Ammon in taking care of the influx, 
when the Ozone building was moved from the hills (in the 30's), 
stuccoed and made ample room for the commercial classes. The new 
GYM had been used just once when a fire burned it and the old 
two-story buildings to the ground in 1936. 

THE BIG FIRE story by B. H. Barrus 

It was in August of 1933 that my family consisting of my 
wife Jessie, and family of three, Charlotte Betty 6, Shirley 4, 
and Harrison James 1, moved from Mackay, Idaho, where Barrus had 
been over the schools there. Arthur Ball, after coming to 
Ammon, was chairman, Leonard Ball his brother, and Parley Hansen 
were on the school board. Leonard Purcell was clerk. Perry 
bingham, George Smith, Joseph Cook were on the board. Eldon 
Bromley was coach, in 1933. 

The school building was fairly new with the first floor for 
elementary grades, of the new brick building. Behind the gym was 
the old four room two-story building, and just back of the First 
National Bank. It was built early in the century, and had been 
condemed, but was still used. 

On the top floor of the newer building was the band room and 
four grades. South of this was the stucco building that was 
moved down from Ozone in the 30 's. The basement was used for 
Shop and Ag. classes, the top floor for homemaking and high 
school classes. It used the recreation room that was used for 
chapel in Ozone, which was 30 by 60 feet, for a small gymnasium 
with no seating capacity, only a row along the sides. 

The high school faculty the first year were: Homemaking - 
Sara Miclelson, Ag - Cyril Allen, English - Archie Williams, 
Math, Algebra, Geometry - B. H. Barrus, Athletics and History - 
Harold Stowell, Music and 5th grade - Birch Terry, Study Hall - 

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Irene Bailey also substituted Typing. Later Royal Ballif taught 
Typing and Shorthand. Afton Barrett was Coach. 

The band was too close to the class room, the high school 
was crowded, there were 125 students in high school and somm 200 
in elementary. There was no assembly room, so we used the big 
room in the stucco building, the gym was much too small, the 
depression was very severe, many people were out of work. The 
school was with out money. It was at this time the government 
started WPA and PWA. 

With the boards approval more class rooms were made from 
the gym with bleachers on each side joining the gym. On the 
north west side was a band room. The government furnished all 
the labor and some of the material . 

About 1936 plans were drawn up by Seenburg of Idaho Falls, 
and approved by the PWA and work began. 

Our coach, Afton Barrett, took our basketball boys to Ucon, 
lona, and Idaho Falls to practice. Where ever they would invite 
him. 

The classrooms were finished first, the gym was housed in 
with walls and a roof, and sub floored for gym put down. With 
the approval of the custodian, Roy Southwick, the coach and a few 
boys marked lines on the sub floor with shoe polish to have the 
Big game of the year, our home game. 

On January 30, 1936, the Ammon Ward were having a ward 

party, after the big game. The hard wood flooring was delivered 

that day and the air was wet and stormy, with the permission of 

1 the custodian the flooring was stacked where it could be good and 

! ' dry to put down. There was a space behind the furnace room, but 

o: neither the custodian nor the foremen suspected how much space it 

^'. . would take. 

gf Everyone had a merry night, the boys played so well on the 

\Q i big floor, afterward, most of the crowd went to the church party. 

Q: Our coach, Afton Barrus , was courting a young lady, Lola Campbell 

; '* Reed, he had taken her to Idaho Falls on a date and on his way 

home noticed a fire in the direction of Ammon, he drove that way 

to investigate. Coming out of the roof, just next to the large 

chimney was a fire, shooting high into the sky, but not to large 

yet. 

Afton came to our house, at 2 or 2:30 a.m. we hurried to the 
school, the hall was full of dense smoke, I closed it quickly and 
went to my office, broke a pane of glass, and handed out the 
filing cabinet to Afton, through the window, this held all the 
records of students and other business. 

The light switches were dead, no lights, with the flash 
lights and telephone book, managed to call the Idaho Falls Fire 
Department. They refused to come out of district without the 
mayor's approval. An hour passed before they could get out to 
Ammon. 

The stucco building was saved by spraying with water from 

the near by Sand Creek. Everything else was destroyed and gutted 

with fire. The heat from the burning tar paper melted the girds 

holding the roof, collapsed and completely destroyed the new gym. 

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approved and new plans were made to start the new present 
building now used for other purposed than school. It was 
finished in 1936. 

For school, during the year we were building, the LDS 
church gave us permission . to use their basement rooms. By 
building some tables and extra benches they had eight rooms 
usable. This took care of the elementary part. 

We crowded the high school into the Ozone building, the 
stucco one, with the homemaking in one room and the ag shop into 
another. The other classes took other spaces. 

All of the music, athletic, and chemistry equipment were 
gone. Chesbro's Music did a wonderful thing for us. Pierce Nelson 
was at that time our director, he attended summer school in 
Seattle, he took a list of the instruments we needed, and shopped 
all music houses there. He returned v/ith a very fine offer. We 
took the list into Chesbro's and less than half price replaced 
with used instruments our band. 

Stake President Leonard Ball went to Salt Lake and presented 
our disaster to the President of the church. He gave a check to 
Ball for $1,000 for replacement. Each student that was to buy an 
instrument was to make a down payment to add to the band. 

After the new building was completed, growth ar other 
schools had become a problem as well as our own Ammon. Osgood, 
Milo, Shelton were having bulging schools and no high school. 

The depression had not lifted, and all were in need of 
recreation. We bought 100 pair of roller skates, Ammon High 
School that is, and used our new gym. Lyman Pickett was asked to 
be the supervisor and a skating rink was set up each night but 
Tuesday, which was MIA for the young people. One of these five 
nights Monday, Wednesday, Thrusday, Friday and Saturday were for 
adults only. 

Everyone who skated v/as charged 25 cents rental. That is 
how the athletic program was financed. Many of the older ones 
had never skated but we had all our facilities would accommodate 
each night. 

There had been in the county a stir to consolidate the rural 
schools. This was done, in 1955, which made a sharp division in 
our community of Ammon. Many farmers felt that this would put a 
burden on them to pay for the building. Others felt that with 
these smaller high schools, Ucon, lona, and Ammon, we should have 
a richer choice of subjects, and variety for students to choose 
from. 

The first time the vote was taken most of the people that 
now make up the Bonneville High School, the consolidated 
movement, it was voted down. 

After many more meeting sometime with lost tempers, the 
movement carried and a new Central High School was built, one 
mile north of Lincoln, the new district number is 93. 

After the fire this building called the Commerical and 
Church, were used for school, and high school. 

Jesse Neilsen was county supertindent of Bonneville schools 
quote, "I express sincere appreciation to the faculty, student 
body, parents, of the district and all concerned for the kind 
reception extended me . . . . to me the past few months have been a 

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great privilege to make new acquaintancess . . . I am sure that no 
finer group of people live, than are here in Ammon Student Body, 
Students please accept my sincere thanks for your splendid 
cooperation and support. May next year be as pleasant." 

Signed - Jesse H. Neilson 

Such sentiments were written in the HIGH LITES the school 
paper of Ammon High School, by other teachers and officers. 

Seminary had become an issue and serious thought of the 
people of Ammon, after such enrollment in the high school. 

Lucius Clark came to Ammon in 1928 and became the first 
seminary teacher. All classes were held in the basement of the 
OLD HALL, through an entrance way of stairs from the back. No 
special building was ever made for the seminary in Ammon. After 
the schools consolidated there was one at Bonneville High. 

AFTON BARRETT AND LOLA CAMLPBELL REED 

Lola was born the first child of Arnold and Annie Melvina 
Judy Campbell, she was born at the homestead, Arnold and Melvina 
had taken of 320 acres on Pine Mountain. The only help was a 
neighbor lady and Arnold, Arnold's younger brother, Lewis, rode 
horseback to Ozone a distance of about fifteen miles to get word 
to Melvina 's parents, who came immediately in a buggy that they 
had to ford across Willow Creek as Lola was born June 9, 1917, 
the hills worst time for floods. 

The Judy's and the Campbell's lived just a short distance 
from each other at the head of Badger Creek so both family soon 
knew the new arrival had come. After the first few days, the 
Judy's returned home and Miranda, Arnold's sister of 14, went 
with her parents to see the baby and take her up to stay with the 
brother, wife and new baby for two weeks, until Melvina could get 
up and around. Miranda had the privilege of washing and dressing 
the new baby, Lola, before her mother did. 

It was here for several summers the young couple tried to 
farm, it was too high altitude and too short seasons to get the 
grain planted and harvested without freezing and losing with 
frost. It was here that Arnold knew he was not a farmer. 

Lola grew up with five other brothers and sisters. Her life 
was not a secure one but she was loved by all who knew her. She 
adjusted to all the moves of her parents, and knew the 
heart-break of not knowing where her own father was . 

She took music and would sing one of the songs her father 
composed, "A Daughter of the Hills" She seemed to inherit the 
musical ability her father, Arnold had, as she was very good at 
playing by ear, as Arnonld could do, also by note. If Arnold 
could have raised the 1,000 dollars to publish the song, his 
desire was to get a nice home for his lovely wife, whom he loved 
very much. 

Lola was also a good seamstress, and made lovely clothes for 
her and her sisters. 

Afton had graduated from the University of Idaho, in June 
1933. From here on he was in various positions to gain 
employment. 

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at the age of 18 and ready to start her senior year of high 
school, and about to have a dramatic change in her life that she 
did not anticipate. Her home room teacher turned out to be a new 
college graduate who whould fall in love with her and whom she 
would marry. 

Afton Barrett had graduated from the University of Idaho in 
June of 1933. He stayed their an additional year taking post 
graduate courses and working for the WPA. Then he took a 
teaching position in the fall of 1934 at Troy, Idaho, and had now- 
taken a job as Ammon's head coach and a teacher. At the 
University of Idaho he had received a scholarship in basketball 
and had been a star basketball player. Being single and earning 
a teacher's salary he had bought a new Cheverolet car. He was 
tall 6 '2" and had black wavy hair. 

Lola's first social contact with Afton was on a fall 
hayride. Lola said that Afton expressed to her that his 
intentions were to marry her. For Afton to date Lola was a bit 
difficult. It was against the school rules for teachers to 
fraternize with the students. But by Thanksgiving they were 
going steady. There was a great deal of curiosity aroung the 
Reed house in Lincoln as their older sister was bringing home a 
teacher and prospective husband. Afton would bring in his 
student's papers and do his work in the Reed's front room while 
visiting Lola. Lola and Afton double dated with Evelyn and Max 
Smith. Max's father was Superintendent of the School Board and 
Max said it was surprising that his father never found out about 
Lola and Afton. They went as f our > to lots of picnics, but Afton 
could not take Lola to any school dances. Afton boarded in a 
rooming house with three other men teachers. 

Ammon had no gymnasium and had to practice in other school 
gyms or in a room at the school with no baskets. Ammon v/as 
nearing completion of a new gymnasium. A day came when the 
subfloor was in and the baskets were up. A game was scheduled 
before a home crowd with Rigby. The local fans were disappointed 
as Ammon lost. That evening Afton had see Lola home and was 
returning at about 2:00 a.m. and found the new gymnasium on fire. 
He tried to investigate but had to flee in haste to escape 
injury. The gym burned to the ground. But the school board in 
Ammon was progressive and they started right over again on the 
same foundations. 

That school-year finished with two hearts intwined and in 
the summer. May 21, 1936 Afton and Lola were married at Afton' s 
parents home in Pocatello at 308 South 8th. The marriage was 
performed by Bishop Leo Edgly. During that summer, Lola let 
Afton go to northern Idaho and fight in the blister rust to earn 
extra money. Lola stayed in Lincoln with her family. Then Afton 
came home for a week and then took a job with Art Krebs in 
Pocatello, for 12 weeks. For the next three years Afton and Lola 
lived in Ammon and taking different apartments each year. 

Afton was instrumental in improving the athletic leagues m 
that area. He introduced six man football that became adopted 
throughout the area. In the school years of 1938-39 and 1939-40, 
Afton 's teams became league champions in both sports, basketball 
and football. 

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Happy in Ammon, a nice community, a new gym, Afton and Lola 
stayed from 1936 to the spring of 1940. But the community could 
not raise the salaries of teachers. Afton was noting that many 
referees were earning more than he did. Then Afton took a 
teaching job in Park City, Utah under Principal Earnest Nelsen. 
Earnest had been a room mate with Afton in Ammon before he 
married Lola. 

Park City was a small town nestled in the hills of Utah with 
good winters, cold. The town was built around a railroad track 
and in the town center one was obliged to ascend a walkway to 
cross to the otherside of the track. In a nerby canyon coal was 
mined. Many of Park City's residents were miners. Lola and 
Afton lived in an upstairs apartment downtown. While Afton was 
teaching school, Lola was helping Bernie to grow and walk. On 
week ends Lola and Afton liked to go for drives to near by towns, 
including Salt Lake City. Afton was popular with his students. 
They wrote many fine things in his copy of the school year book. 
Afton was hired as a teacher and taught zoology, world history, 
and civics. He was asked later to help out with the Jr. Varsity 
Basketball team. In this he was so successful and well like that 
when Max Warner was hired by Provo High School to be their head 
coach, Afton was hired to be the head coach at Park City for the 
1942-1943. Lola was a good homemaker and cook. She used some of 
her liesure time making sketches and drawings and applying color 
oils to them and to black and white pictures. 

Afton was offered the head coaching job at Bear River High 
School at Tremonton, Utah. Here he coached basketball, football, 
and swimming. The school board had sought living quarters for 
Afton' s family and came up with a closed out wing of their 
hospital. When Bernie was put to bed, there was a frosted glass 
pane in the bedroom door. He could see the light in the hall. 
The hospital was only a block from the town center and it was 
convenient for Lola and Bernell to walk shopping. Bernell was at 
an exploring age and caused some embrassment to his parents. He 
kept disturbing the ground keeper' adjustments of the lawn water, 
filled the mowing machines gas tank with water. Afton and Lola 
attended church. Many unworking days were spent taking drives. 
Since Afton and Lola had been married they had been taking 
pictures with a 35 mm camera and had been recording many things 
of interest and treasure. About here in Tremonton they had begun 
printing their own pictures from their negatives and making 
printed enlargements and developing them as a hobby. 

Verl and Glenn Reed, Lola's brothers stayed with them one 
summer and worked at jobs in Brigham City. Several pictures have 
been preserved of a picnic and swimming trip that Lola, Afton, 
Bernie, Verl and Glen took to the Brigham City Wild Bird 
Refuge. Afton stayed in Tremonton 1 year. On some occasions 
they drove back to Idaho Falls and Pocatello, for a visit. The 
Superintendent of Schools in Shelley, Idaho, offered Afton a 
raise in pay to be their head coach. The Barrett's were a little 
anxious to be closer to home anyway so Afton accepted'. 

In the summer of 1943 Afton and Lola moved to Shelley, 
Idaho. The school board had found them a house to rent two 
blocks from the grade school, one block from the Tabernacle, one 



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block from the play field, and 2 blocks from the Shelley 2nd Ward 
Church. They were fairly active attenders of church and 
participated in the auxiliaries. They kept a garden and had many 
fine neighbors. This was Lola's 1st house of her own. She did 
much to make it attractive. 

From Shelley it v/as easy to drive to Idaho Falls to visit 
Lola's relatives and to Pocatello, to visit Afton's. It became 
quite routine to visit both regularly. One thing that showed 
Lola's character was her insistance that they never drive the car 
over 40 mph. She has probably been responsible that no one in 
her family has ever had a traffic accident. Afton and Lola and 
family also attended the Reeds on some trips to Yellowstone 
Park. Occasionally the families would go together on picnics or 
swimming. Afton and Lola enlarged their hobby of taking pictures 
and printing and developing them at Shelley. Lola's brothers 
Verl and Glen bought Lola a piano and presented it to her as a 
gift for her being kind to them during their stay at Tremonton. 
They knew she would appreciate it and use it. 

Lola continued to make many fine clothes for herself and 
family. Somewhere she had acquired a sewing m.achine. She played 
a trick on Bernie for April Fool's Day. As Bernie completed his 
walk home from school that afternoon he found a large package 
wrapped with his name on it. It turned out to be a beautiful 
white leatherette cowboy outfit Lola had made for him. It was 
trimmed with black edges and had a black hat. It included chaps, 
holster, and vest. Inside the holster was a new cap pistol. It 
appeared to be the first one seen in Shelley since the end of the 
war. On another occasion at Easter she made a large bunny suit 
for Bernell. Two other times while she spent some time in the 
hospital she used her bed time making a solid model B-26 bomber 
and B-29 bomber for Bernie. They were expertly painted and 
trimmed and she gave them to Bernie when she came home. 

As a coach's wife she and her husband attended all of the 
athletic activities. She often was asked to keep score, time, or 
record some other information, sometimes to make notes of desired 
changes Afton wanted to implement as the games progressed. They 
traveled on the trips together with the teams in the school 
buses. She got to know the names of many students and players. 
Bernell use to fuss because he had to go and sit through so many 
games and events which seemed to him like drudgery but later he 
learned to appreciate the job that his father filled. 

Afton and Lola liked to dance and often went with friends to 
Shelley and Idaho Falls dances. Bernie recalls enjoying church 
in Shelley. Bernie and Lola's names are contained in a 
cornerstone box of an addition to the Shelley Ward Building. 
Some small donation was made in a Sunday School class. Bernell 
was baptized and confirmed here at the age of 8. Lola took the 
lead in papering the walls and home decoration. 

Lola and Afton saw less of her sister, Evelyn and husband 
Max Smith, who was serving in the 2nd World War. Evelyn was 
trying to live near where he was stationed in the US. Max had 
begun his career with Montgomery Ward before his time with the 
service, and after the war was over he continued with them. He 
managed a Ward's store in Wieser, Idaho and one in Walla Walla, 



WashingtoHr and then Burlingham, Washington. Lola and Afton and 
Bernie made a trip to Walla Walla for a vacation and to visit 
them. 

After three years of coaching Afton was looking for some 
other line of work that might provide him more income advancement 
and self-employment. He became a full time Life Insurance Agent 
for the Mutual Life of New York. He sold for one full year in 
Shelley and then decided to move to Pocatello, where he was more 
widely known due to his school years and friends made in growing 
up. They moved to a house located in the 200 block on South 5th 
close to the Fred's and Kelly's restaurant. Afton rented an 
office in a building downtown. Bernie began the 3rd grade about 
3 weeks into the school year. Bernie was very discouraged 
because the sutdents in Pocatello had already learned to write 
and this was not yet taught in Shelley. While visiting the 
Reeds in Lincoln on the 22nd of December with the kids playing 
monopoly, Lola began having birth pains and said that she needed 
to go to the hospital. Just after she was assisted into the car, 
little Jo Ann Barrett arrived about 8:00 p.m. Lola said she 
would have named her Robin until she saw Jo Ann's red hair. 

Their new Pocatello house was only 4 blocks from Afton' s 

mothers house and Bernell walked right by it on the way to grade 

shcool. Afton sold insurance in Pocatello, two more years 1948, 

1949, with the MLNY. He recieved many items as bonuses for sales 

such as - solid brass floor lamp, mix master, vacumm cleaner, and 

a ladies Hamilton watch. Afton was selling quite a bit of 

J;. insurance. He and Lola were given an all expense paid trip to 

New York City, they visited the top of the Empire State Building. 

They saw " Annie Get Your Gun" on stage in the Radio City Music 

Hall starring Katherine Hepburn. They visited the Statue of 

o ( Liberty and went to the top. One thing they spoke of was their 

^ 1 boarding a bus in which they would cross the city and get a good 

y'^', view of it. It was a 144 block ride. About half way on its 

i route all the white passengers had disembarked and only black 

people were getting on. It felt to them like they had entered a 

new world and they were relieved when the bus actual lly had 

completed the round trip and headed back. About a year later 

Afton and Lola went on another expense paid trip to Lake Tahoe, 

California. Afton made a lone trip to San Francisco. Afton had 

sold his 1935 Chev sedan and had bought a 1939 Chev business coup 

for his business. In 1949 Afton taught history part of the year 

at Pocatello High School to supplement his income. 

Grandmother Barrett had not been feeling well. Lola visited 
her often to look after her. 

Afton Barrett died August 8, 1963 at Bannock Hospital, 
Pocatello, Idaho. Buried August 12, 1963 in the Mountain View 
Cemetery, Pocatello, Idaho. 



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HISTORY OF VERA RUSSELL LEE & FAMILY 

It was in Crofthead, Scotland in 1860 that my grandfather 
died. His wife was Mary Ross, they had accepted the gospel from 
the missionaries. Mary had the desire to go to America, she sent 
her two daughters, Mary and Jane, to Utah with a company of 
Saints. Not long after she followed with her remaining five 
children, three boys, and two girls, Walter, Charles, David, 
Agnes and Ann. 

Ann Muir was born May 7, 1850 at Crofthead, Scotland. She 
became my grandmother. They left an estate as a widow could not 
sell her property it was put in Chancery. 

At the time of granmother ' s death in 1911, the estate was 
worth seven million dollars. They arrived in New York July 6, 
1866. Grandmother walked all the way across the plains, finally 
locating at Mendon, Cache, Utah. Their many trials and hardships 
are related in her personal history. While in Utah she married 
Kelsey Bird, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, February 
23, 1967. Kelsey was born January 11, 1837 in Hector, Tomkin, 
New Jersey, she was his second wife. 

In 1876, grandfather moved his families to Gooseberry, then 
south east of Salina, Sevier, Utah. 

The Manifesto made grandmother a widow, she was the mother 
of ten boys (two pair of twins) and three girls. 

Grandmother passed away April 12, 1911, of pnuemonia, in 
Salina, where she had, with the help of her sons, built a 
comfortable home. My father was her fourth son, born March 7, 
1874 at Mendon, Cache, Utah. 

My mother, Bertie Jane Gates, was born May 4, 1882 at 
Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

They lived in Salina until after their first child was born 
August 4, 1898. 

Soon after I, Vera, was born December 19, 1899 in Salina, 
father with a wagon and a team of mules started for Idaho. It 
took three weeks to reach Ammon, then in Bingham County. He 
bought forty acres of land one and one-half miles east of Ammon, 
and built a one room log cabin. Six months later mother, Evelyn 
and I came to Ammon to be with father. 

A longed for son, James Edward was born October 16, 1901, but 
their joy was short, he was killed August 7, 1902. Mother was 
sitting in the back of the white topped buggy on a chair holding 
him on her lap, while crossing a ditch, the buggy tipped 
sideways, throwing both he and mother out, causing instant death. 
Now they decided to move back to Salina . Evelyn and I had been 
baptized before we returned to Utah. 

After returning to Salina, two girls and a boy were born to 
the family, Blanche, Verda, and another son, Alvin. Then several 
years later. Pearl, another girl was born. Again my father saw 
the grass greener elsewhere. In the spring of 1912, he sold out, 
put all our belongings in two wagons, destination, the Uintah 
Reservation, a new and undeveloped country in Wasacth County, 
Utah. ' There were lots of Indians, no railroads, it took us five 
days to get there with teams of lively mules. 

We built another home on the townsite in Roosevelt, Wasatch, 
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Roosevelt to Price, hauling gilsonite, and bringing back supplies 
for the store of Roosevelt. 

We children attended school through the seventh and eighth 
grades. Evelyn and I both went steady to the LDS church. 

Father became ill September 14, 1914, what dotors were 
thinking typhoid, they decided to operate, because he had 
infection, they found a ruptured appendix. He died October 7, 
1914. Mother sold out and through the persuasion of her sister, 
we moved back to Idaho Falls, Idaho. We bought a lot on 12th 
street and the Elks built a two room frame house for us. 

Mother, Evelyn and I worked for the pea factory and paid for 
the lumber in monthly payments. I wondered how my mother did as 
well as she did. Pearl was two years old and was tended by 
friends. 

I, through a good teacher. Miss Elliott, was given a chance 
to attend school in Logan, Utah, where I finished my first year 
of high school. I graduated from the Gem State Business College 
in 1917. Mother paid for my tuition the other expenses I paid 
for by working days and going to night school. 

My first job was with the Idaho Falls Post, (now Post 
Register) . 

In July 1918, I went to Seattle, Washington to work as a 
bookkeeper for the government . I lived with mother's sister, 
Mabel Evans. I had been corresponding with Athus Jackson 
Russell, as I had known him for a long time. This was during 
World War I, and he was stationed at Camp Lewis. We became 
engaged and were married September 14, 1918, in Seattle, 
Washington. His home was in lona, Idaho, he was the son of Henry 
Jackson, and Annie Larcena King. Athus was born December 29, 



We came to Idaho Falls, in 1919, after he was released from 
the U. S. Army. He was in the medical division and would tell 
how seven or eight solders would die in one night during the flu 
of 1918. 

We lived with mother until after Deloss, our first baby was 
born, ^n July 4, 1919, then Athus went to help his father in his 
construction business, digging basements and moving houses, and 
work with horses. 

Before going into the service, Athus, had filed on 640 acres 
on Pine Mountain, a grazing allotment. So during the winter the 
work was not steady so we had to save enough to move to Pine 
Mountain and make residence. 

The first summer we built a one room log house, corrals, and 
bought some fencing. We took out herd cattle, and horses. 
Milked cows, made butter and raised bum lambs. We traveded in a 
spring wagon. We mortgaged our horses and wagon to buy lumber 
and wire. About two years later we sold our holdings on Pine 
Mountain for four dollars an acre to W. H. Croft and neighbors. 
This made a down payment on forty acres two miles south of Ammon. 
We also bought some livestock and an old car. We needed income 
so we worked for Martin Brothers at Hackman Dump. We were near 
Dewey and loved those people down there. 

In March 29, 1931 my children were deprived of a father, and 
I, of a noble companion, Athus, became ill with ruptured appendix. 



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we buried him in the Ammon cemetery April 2, 1931. 

By this time we had four children: Deloss, Ladeen, Don 
Elton, and Gene Venna, our baby was just one year old when her 
daddy died. 

I tried to lift the mortgage through writing a letter to 
President Roosevelt, through the appeal was granted a loan. 

That winter after Athus died our family spent in California 
my mother and sister lived there. 

We returned to Ammon in 1932, and moved into Ammon townsite, 
where I started with the school lunch program. I cooked it at 
home and carried it to the school . Much of the food was 
furnished by the WPA. It was sold at five cents to the students. 
In 1934, Wiley Lee, who had lost his companion, Delorus, 
and I were married, by Bishop Lyle Anderson in Ammon. He had 
been a widower for three years. He had three children: Francis, 
Bruce A., and Audrey Anna. I had no other thought than to give 
the best I had. We moved to his ranch one mile east of Ammon, 
and mixed my troubles with his. From 1934 to 1941, I was Relief 
Society President. When all the children were at home I made 
seven school lumches, baked nine loaves of bread every other day, 
I have always enjoyed visiting the sick and those in sorrow, can 
truthfully say, my time in this was very rewarding. It's the 
things that one does not do that worries one. 

To help us through our trials, we were blessed with another 
little girl, Glenda Kay, who was born May 4, 1942 in Idaho Falls, 
Idaho. She was truly a blessing to me and her father, Wiley, and 
she was much appreciated by the entire family. I was in the 
hospital twice for abscessed breasts when she was one month old. 

About this time Wiley's health began to fail, I'm sure no 
man worked harder than he. We moved from the farm to the 
townsite, bought the Old Relief Society lot then owned by grandpa 
Joseph Lee. We lived in a basement house for three years then 
built a brick home on top. 

During all this time I have been active in the church. I 
know the blessings that follow when one tries to do right, and 
know that one is inspired when called to various positions in the 
church. Many thoughts have come to me during the nights as 
reminders to me. Have always been converted to the church 
welfare plan and have watched it grow as well as the Saints, who 
in 1936 found fault with the program. 

On the 11 of March 1952, for three days the flood waters 
roared through Ammon. It flooded many homes and some of them 
brand new, and had to have much repair. Our basement was full, 
my yard to the street was full. It meant a plaster job in the 
basement, a new heater, and furnace and etc. It took me two 
years to get back to normal. 

During 1960-1961, I worked again with the school lunches, 
they were hot lunches, almost a dinner. 

In 1975, I went to Mexico with Ruby Jeppson for three 
weeks, she was a wonderful person to go with. 

In 1973, I went on a BYU tour to England for four weeks 
genealogy and had many very interesting experiences. Visited 
Tonga, England, the birth place of my ancestors. There I found 
the original records, and have had much sealing done. 



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I have worked in the Genealogy Library from 1962-1973, when 
I became ill, it has taken a long time to get over it, was 
hospitalized twice. 

I am trying to live alone and am truly alone, but would 
rather do that than to live where I am not wanted. I pray for 
strength to help me get over these lonesome times. I can't see 
well enough to do much writing. Have crocheted af ghans , still do 
but have to take out so much. 

by Vera Russell Lee 






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TRIBUTE TO VERA LEE 

In due respects Vera should have compiled and written the 
Ammon history, as she has gathered clippings, pictures and 
valuable information through out the years. 

Vera, has been very generous with all churches and 
organizations who have needed information. She has supplied 
material for various celebrations so willingly. 

Although Vera was not born in Ammon, as I, she has lived 
there for many more years of her life, than the twenty years that 
I lived there. 

Virginia, Grace, and others have recognized the generosity 
of Vera's collection of history, and have received many facts 
from her. Now due to her failing eye sight she cannot write. 

Vera, told me that many had asked for information but few 
had thanked and mentioned her help. 

I feel as Ruth Mae Fox said in her tribute for J. Golden 
Kimball, he had spoke of the prevailing custom of sending flowers 
to funerals of deceased friends and remarked he would prefer if 
anyone thought enough of him to buy flowers for his bier, he 
would rather have them while he was living. 

Ruth Mae Fox came up with these lines: 

NOT WHEN I ' M DEAD 

If you have kindly words for me, 
give them to me now. 
While tempest rave about me 
and the storm beats on my brow; 
Not when I'm dead. 

If you your sweetest songs 
would sing about my silent bier, 
'Tis now I need your tender 
strains my drooping heart to cheer: 
Not when I'm dead. 

If lovely flowers you would 
strew upon my lowly bed, 
J need their dainty fragrance now, 
to soothe my aching head; 
Not when I'm dead. 

And yet there is one little thing 
which I shall dearly prize. 
Far more than solemn pomp 
that mortals can devise. 
When I ' m dead. 



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'Tis this that one of Zion's daughters 
for who I've labored here, 
Whose feet I may have guided right, 
shall drop one grateful tear. 
When I am dead. 

For this I dedicate my all, gladly my life 
lay down, That by the grace of God 
That tear may glitter in my crown. 
When I am dead. 

All through the years Vera's aim has been to pay respects to 
those passed on. 

Her own life story written by herself has proven that the 
written word can touch the heart strings. 

Vera, we and I, express appreciation to you for your many 
dedicated hours of writing, collecting and preserving. 

"We love You." 

Miranda Campbell Stringham 



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EXPLANATION 



This school history was very difficult to obtain, a 
not be all inclusive because of the fire in 1936. We also 
printed information during the years afterwards. 



In my research for 
first Year Books, and 
name was changed 
information from 
students of each. 

This list is 



to 
both 
They 
from 



the different school annuals, I fou 
were called THE GLEAM. Then in 193 
AMMON-HILITES. I have obtained 
old year books, as well as fr 
cannot remember. 

memory, and some year book facts 
were not many accurate records ke 
the school teachers from 1885, until the district was f 
however they did have some school, taught in the homes. 

This will also have to be a partial list as was quo 
one of the School Reunions since 1920. It is also hard to 
which were high school teachers and which were elementary, 
list is put in as received from those who attended. 



timers. Possibly there 



Dora Rawson 
Margaret Rawson 
Lanny L. Neilsen 
Floy B. Swank 
Charles Owens 
Miss Olsen 
Catherine Dunn 
Miss Cotton 
Mr. Stocks 
L. L. Neilson 
Z e 1 1 a Owe n 
Hilda Molen 
Anton Pederson 

(later County Supt.) 
Luella Holm 
Miss Hailing 
Lucille Pike 
Delores Anderson 
Emma Bell 
David Owen 
Arnfred Christensen 
Jessie Mardiston 
Sara Mickelsen 
T. Tracy 
Pierce Nelson 
M. Grover 
V. Morso 
M. Mickelsen 
J. Neilson 
P. Neilson 
Afton Barrett 
R. Bailiff 
B. H. Barrus 
A. L. Brown 
M. Geddes 
Gladys Brown 
Jay Carl Wood 



1885-1900 

1885-1900 

1902 

1902 

1902 

1902 

1902 

1910 

1910 

1910 

1900 

1900 

1900 
p 

1910 

7 
1927 
1927 
1921 
1936 
1936 
1937 
1937 
1937 
1937 
1937 
1937 
1938 
1938 
1938 
1938 
1938 
1938 



D. T. Williams 19 

Afton Barrett 19 

Sybil Frongner Ball 19 

Earl Soelberg 19 

David Owen 19 

Marie Neilson 19 

C. W. Telford 19 

Avis Angles 19 

Clara Bell Stevenson 19 

Arave 19 

Mrs. D.T. Williams 19 

R. J. Magelby 19 

Raymond Ross 19 

lone Harris 19 

G. V. Harris 19 

Betty Davis 19 

Miss Othell 19 

Ruth Carlson 19 

Irene Bailey 19 
Jennie Holbrook Groberg 



Harold Stepwell 
Irene Bailey 
Lucius Clark 
Irene Maxham 
Archie Williams 
Constance Porter 
Floyd Anderson 
Joy Beal 
Raymond Hansen 
Chester Garff 
Irene Bailey 
Miss Mickelsen 



Rice 

Ricketts 
Rogers 
Smith 



19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 
19 



nd may 
lacked 

nd the 

8, the 

some 

om the 

of old 
pt of 
ormed , 

ted in 

tell 

so the 

21 

21 

22 

22 

22 

22 

22 

22 

22 

22 

28 

28 

28 

28 

29 

29 

29 

29 

29 

1929 

3 0-31 

30-31 

30-31 

30-31 

30-31 

30-31 

30-31 

30-31 

30-31 

30-31 

33-34 

34 

33 . 

36 

36 

36 



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In 1922 -23, 


there 


were 


265 students and 


nine 


teachers. 


(This probably was e 


lementary) . 








Hog Holler, or 


later 


■ known as Pleasant View, joined with 


Ammon in 1921. Their 


teachers 


were: Lucille Pike, 


Ruby 


Nielsen, 


Marie Neilsen. 












Dewey teachers 


before 


the ' 


consolidation: Miss 


1 Thorneau, Mr. 


Sorten, Kay Anna Be 


11, Bess Gl 


anzman. Miss Pratt, 


Glady 


's Porter, 


and Connie Porter. 












Partial list of 


Ammon 


High 


School and Grade Sc 


:hool 


Faculties 


Arch Darley 


1920 




D. T. Williams 




1924 


Mr. Sedrick 


1923 




Rulan T. Magelby 




1929 


Benjamin H. Barrus 


1933 










School burned 1936, rebuilt 1938 






Cy Allen 


1933 




Uleta Allen 




1935 


Pollie Allen 


1938 




Floyd Anderson 




1931 


Marian G. Anderson 


1936 




Ralph C. Andersor 


I 


1939 


Irene Bailey 


1921 


7 


F. Royal Bailiff 




1936 


Lynn S. Barker 


1940 




Afton Barrett 




1936 


J. Ray Beal 


1931 




Elmer Belnap 




1936 


Almon L. Brown 


1938 




John Broberg 




1942 


Belva Budge 


1939 




Hazel Carver 




1938 


Lucius Clark 


1928 




Thelma Brossand 




1928 


Leonard Christensen 


1939 




Frances Davies 




1941 


Edna Eames 


1940 




Rex Earl 




1939 


Martha N. Geddes 


1937 




Francies Goodliff 


'e 


7 


Chester Graff 


1931 




Milton C. Grover 




1937 


Ray L. Haddock 


1937 




Raymond Hansen 




1931 


B. Hanson 


1938 




Ruth Harnett 




1939 


Rhoda Harris 


• 




Henderson 




1937 


Jennie Holbrook 


7 




Irene Houston 




1935 


Gladys Kinghorn 


1940 




Irene Maxham 




1931 


Maughan 


1936 




Alvin Miffet 




1940 


Velma Morse 


1936 




Vernon Morse 




1938 


Mabel Mullikin 


1936 




Nelson 




1935 


Pierce Nelson 


1936 




Jesse H. Neilson 




1937 


Nicholson 


1936 




Delbert Parker 




1939 


Mary Parker 


1939 




Don Peterson 




1936 


Constance Porter 


1931 




Luetta Rice 




1936 


R. Ricketts 


1937 




Helen Rogers 




1936 


L. Smith 


1937 




Synder 




7 


Hope Spencer 


7 




Loretta Stansell 




1936 


Harold Stowell 


1934 




Dorothy Swendig 




1938 


Nile Taylor 


1940 




M. Tennent 




1933 


Elvis Bryd Terry 


1936 




J. Thomas 




1938 


Thelma Tracy 


1931 




Dorothy Tingey 




1940 


Bernice Warner 


1931 




Udy 




7 


Miss Pratt 


1926 




William (Bill) Woodall 


1938 


Velma Woodland 


1940 




Miss Jones 




1926 


Margeurite Williams 


1940 




William W. Williams 


1940 


Archie Williams 


1931 




blanche Williams 




1936 



Some teachers were there only one or two years - other many 
years. 



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Board of Trustees of Ammon High School 1933-41 



Arthur Ball 
Leonard G. Ball 
Perry Bingham 
Joseph Cook 
Parley Hansen 
Leonard Purcell 
George Smith 
Lyle Anderson 
Orial Anderson 
LaVor Gardner 
Wallace Wadsworth 
Reed Blatter 
Dermont Ricks 
John M. Judy 
Marvin Anderson 



Chairman 
Chairman 



Clerk 
Chairman 

Clerk 



1933 
1933 
1933 
1933 
1933 
1933 
1938 
1938 
1938 
1938 
1938 
1940 
1944 



died during term term 
replaced Arthur Ball 



1938 

1940 
1940 
1940 
1940 
1940 



BUS BRIGADE 



1036 - 40 



Willard Ball 
LaVor Gardner 
Leonard McDonald 
Reed Stewart 



Walter Crow 
Parley Hansen 
Keith Stewart 
Pares Young 



Roy Southwick, Sr. 



CUSTODIAN 



During all those many years of growing up, 

of feast or famine, fire, snow or flood, 

he fathfully and consientiously did a fine job. 

We belatedly praise him for his efforts and a job 

well done. Hats off to him and all his assistants 



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ORIOLE AND DELIA LEE ANDERSON 

The Anderson came to Idaho, when Oriole was real small from 
Mantua, Utah. His dad had sheep and Oriole was with him many 
years of his youth, many times to the Reserve in the mountains. 

He met Delia Lee as they attended several years in the 
Ammon school, she was very friendly and their friendship grew 
into romance. both young people were active in school 
activities. Both graduated from Ammon High School. After Oriole 
was married and out of school he was on the school board, in 
1933-39. He was clerk two years of this time, and did a good job 
with the shcool records. 

Oriole and Delia built a beautiful home on Ammon-Lincoln 
Road. After Chris died, they sold their home in Ammon to Henry 
and Thula Rosen and moved out to the farm, on the hill north and 
east of Ammon cemetery. 

There were six children: Marion, a BP in Pocatello, Donna, 
Ethan, Delain, Avon, and Joe (JoAnn Judy). The children all 
graduated from Ammon schools. 

Ethan and wife, Dena, still own the farm near Ammon. Oriole 
worked for the SCS for sometime. 

Oriole died in 1948, and Delia went to Prove to be with her 
daughter, while there, she was the house mother for BYU. Delia 
died while there. Both are buried in Ammon cemetery. 

by Ethan Anderson 

BENJAMIN HARRISON BARRUS 1933 -1944 

X. B. H. Barrus was born in Grantsville, Utah and was raised in 

7 the Oakley area. During 1921 he taught school 5th, 6th and 7th 

e'f grades in a two room school in Island, seven miles north of 

::i^ Oakley, Idaho. In the summer he attended college. In 1923-24, 

o c: on Junior High Certificate, he taught 9th grade math and science, 

^ t_ high school chemistry, physics, math-algebra at Albion High. 

'^^ This included some sixty or seventy students. Again BH attended 

i " college in summer, and spent all of the next winter and summer at 

Albion graduating in the fall of 1923. 

He had taught Albion High ISchool to pay for his schooling, 
thanks to the Albion President, Bobcock. He attended the 
University at Moscow, attending two summers and one full year, 
graduating in 1925. 

He obtained a position at Grace, Idaho in 1925-26. It was a 
small school with five teachers, including the principal. His 
classes were math and science, and also acting as coach, which 
was very hard for him as it was not his field. 

At this time, he met and courted Jessie Black, who was 
teaching English and commercial at Grace. 

Jessie and Harrison, were both graduates from Univerity of 
Idaho but did not meet until they taught at Grace, Idaho in 
1925-26. 

Jessie relates, "It was here I first met "rhe Mormons", and 
where we spent our courting days. We were married in Paris, 
Idaho, a week before school was out. In the fall we moved to 
Rockland, Idaho, in 1926, where my husband, Harrison was 
superintendent of schools." 

I was baptized by Brother Barrus and later we were sealed in 



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the Salt Lake Temple. After four years in Rockland, we moved to 
Mackay, Idaho, where we spent three years. By this time we were 
parents of three children. 

In 1933, we moved to Ammon, still as superintendents of 
schools, replaced Mr. Magelby in August of 1933. It v/as here 
that our last two children were born, making a family of four 
daughters and one son. 

Our three oldest daughters are registered nurses. Charlotte 
Heaton, is now retiring from nursing and lives in Walnut Grove, 
California. Shirley Birkhead, is night critical nurse in 
Ridgecrest, California. Harrison J. teaches seminary in West 
Jefferson High School in Terreton, Idaho. Carolyn Kimber heads 
the critical care unit at Bishop Randall Hospital in Lander, 
Wyoming. Rosalyn Sharp works in the records room of the Rexburg 
Hospital. We have 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. 

Both of the Barrus have been of service in the places where 
they have lived. Jessie has been in MIA and Primary, and a 
teacher in these organizations, 20 years as Literary and Theology 
teacher in Relief Society, seven years as Stake Board of Relief 
Society. 

Harrison has served as Seventy's Quorom Presidency, as Stake 
Sunday School President, 19 years as high council man, in Idaho 
Falls Stakes. He taught Seminary from 1945 until 1964 in Ammon 
and Idaho Falls. Both Jessie and Harrison spent 25 years as 
temple officators in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple, later he was a 
sealer and she in the office. 

In 1964, they were called by President Davis to be 
missionaries for two years in the Florida Mission. Barrus was 
Branch President, in tv/o places, Apalachicola and Madison. They 
were the first couple to be called from Ammon. 

In 1962, Harrison was called to be Stake Patriarch t of the 
Ammon West Stake, with his wife, Jessie, as Secretary. They are 
still holding this position. 1983. 

Written by Jessie and Harrison Barrus themselves 

LIFE SKETCH OF ZENOBIA HANSEN 1895 
Criesta Zenobia Anderson was born on March 25, 1889 in 
Mantua, Utah, the first child of Thomas Christian and Mary Annie 
Tabitha Anderson. When she was six years old her parents packed 
their meager belongings into two wagons and, v/ith Zenobia, a 
siste Elmira and a brother Reuben, journeyed from Mantua to 
Ammon, Idaho, where they settled. Zenobia had a birthday during 
their trip and her grandfather, who drove one wagon, carved a 
doll for her, which she really cherished. The next year she 
returned to Mantua and lived with her grandparents so she could 
go to school. Two years later she returned to Ammon and attended 
school in the first school house built here. 

The oldest of 10 children, she learned early in life how to 
work and she never forgot it. Her father farmed and was a Bishop 
for approximately 23 years and this placed much responsibility on 
the family members. 

On December 20, 1911 she married George Parley Hansen in the 
Salt Lake Temple. Her married life began in a 10 X 12 frame 
house on a dry, dusty, sagebrush covered plot of ground in New 



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Sweden. Their farming equipment consisted of two horses and a 
hand plow. From these humble beginnings, through hard work, 
diligence, determination and prayer they made the ground produce 
and were able to sell it for $1500. They then bought a real farm 
in Grant and moved into a nice 5 room house. Four years later 
they sold that farm and bought an 80 acre farm from Zenobia's 
father in east Ammon. 

In 1928 her husband was called to serve a six-month mission 
in the Northern States. Zenobia was left with the responsibility 
of five children, the youngest being one year old, and the farm 
and animals to care for though the long, cold winter months. 

The family lived on the farm for 38 years. In November, 
1959, due to her husband's poor health, Zenobia and Parley moved 
into a home in the townsite of Ammon, turning the farm over -i-o 
their sone, Keith. Parley passed away in 1968 at the age of 82. 

Zenobia's interests have been her family, her church, her 
friends, her home and her yard. She has held positions in nearly 
every church auxiliary. She was Relief Society president, a 
counselor, and for more than 65 years has been a visiting 
teacher. 

She was a firm believer in the power of prayer and the law 
of tithing and this testimony she tried to instill in her 
children. 

She loved flowers and she took great pride in her home and 

yard. She believed any place could be made beautiful with 

sufficient effort. Wherever she lived she strove to have a 

VI beautiful yard filled with flowers. She mentioned once when she 

w> had to give a talk in Relief Society that it was much easier to 

uj^- plant and nurture a flower than to speak in church. 

A couple of thoughts were found among her books. One was a 

quote from Abraham Lincoln: "Die when I may, I want it said of me 

g?: by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and 

ffic planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow." The other 

i thought she had written was "Death is the door to heaven where 

God and the angels are." 

HISTORY OF DAN AND RHODA LARSEN HARRIS 
In 1926 Miss Rhoda Larsen come to Ammon to teach school. 
She was from Mayfield, Sanpete County, Utah. She met Dan Harris 
at a dance in the old Ammon Hall. They seemed to enjoy each 
'others company and in 1928 were married in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
We bought our first home in Ammon. They have had an adventurous 
life. Dan has worked as a mechanic for Idaho Canal Company and 
Utah Idaho Sugar Company. Mrs. Harris has taught school in 
Ammon, Ririe, Rigby, Mayfield, Utah, Layton, Utah and Roosevelt, 
Utah. We've had many trips by car, plane, train and bus to 
Alaska twice, Hawaii, Mexico and Eastern States. We decided on 
farming and bought two farms in the Ririe District, Dan decided 
to be his own boss instead of being bossed by others. It has 
worked out well for both of us. We lived in Ammon for twenty 
years before moving to Ririe. 

We are both LDS and married in the temple. We have both 
held many positions in the church ward and stake. Mrs. Harris 
has been PTA president twice and held all other positions in PTA 



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c 

en c 



and also D. U. P. and has a lif emenbership pin for PTA. 

We have traveled and done extensive geneology work for both 
the Larsen and Harris families and have been temple coordinators. 
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in 1978 with a real 
celebration. Standing in line in the decorated Ririe LDS church, 
we had a program by family, catered luncheon and the church 
decorated by a flower shop. 

We sold our farm in 1980 but still live in the farm home we 
built on Hiway 26 one mile south west of Ririe. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harris performed a mission for the LDS church 
in the Western States in 1962-63. 

Mr. Harris was on the town board in Ammon and helped in 
planning the first Ammon city well instead of using individual 
we 1 1 s . 

HISTORY OF WILLIAM HOLLAND HARRIS AND ELIZABETH ANN VERT HARRIS 

William Holland Harris and Elizabeth Ann Vert Harris caome 
to Ammon, Idaho in 1903 form Sulphur Springs, Indiana. They 
buried a son Elmer in Sulphur Springs, and came west to Ammon 
with their family Arnold Harris, Sr., Willard Harris, Joy Harris 
and Dan Harris. Through LDS missionaries they joined the LDS 
church and by encouragement decided to come west to live. They 
sold their home and all possessions and bought train tickets at 
English, Indiana, 9 miles from Sulphur Springs. Elder Joseph 
Empey from Ammon helped them get settled after they arrived. 
They lived in Ammon until their deaths and are both buried in the 
Ammon Cemetery. They were strong LDS members really lived their 
religion. Their home was always open to missionaries. 

Their children, ARNOLD HARRIS, SR. married Mary Fowler, 
(their children Arnold Harris, Jr. married Delia Park, Bill 
Harris married Jean Brown, Areva Harris married Ray Packer, Zonda 
Harries married Frank Miskin, Daisy Harris married Wendell 
Sanderson, Loeda Harris married Al Anselmo) . 

WILLARD HARRIS married Emma Field, (their children 
Kathryn married Denzil Roebury, Ruby married James Miller, June 
married Fred Clifford, Blanche married Loyd Jones, Victor married 
Phyllis Conley, Paul married Ramona Stoltenburg, and son Dee 
Harris . 

JOY HARRIS married Bert Sant and their daughter Beth 
married Ray Cope. Joy later married George Lewis. 

Mrs. Harris worked in the Relief Society and Primary and 
Mr. Harris the Priesthood. He was branch president of the 
Sulphur Springs, Indiana Branch. They were honest tithe payers 
and their home was always open the missionaries. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harris have several grand childrent and great 
grand children who have gone on missions for the LDS church. 
They loved Ammon and had many friends who were good honest 
neighbors . 
Miranda's memory of the Harrises: 

(When I was real young, we lived in the old Poulsen place 
across from Leo Neilsen's home. Harrieses were on the next 
corner to the west. Mrs. Harris was a beautiful laundresses, one 
could see her carrying a wicker basket of ironed clothes to the 
Neilsen residence each week. Ella, the mother was ill and had 

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hired her laundry done. She, Mrs. Harris probably did this for 
other families too. Mrs. Harris always wore starched, well 
ironed sunbonnet, and was deeply annoyed when it rained as this 
washed the starch for her bonnet. She was so tidy and clean. 

After Bryant and I were married we built a basement house 
on the corner west from Harris's. This was many years after, Dan 
and Rhoda had married and Grandpa Harris lived in their home. He 
was alone so many times so when I baked rolls or made cookies 
some were left on his door step, as I took my children to 
Primary. He really appreciated this. The Harrises were loving 
kind people. All the children have lived in Ammon since 
marriage.) (by Miranda) 

Four children were born to them: 

Arnold (Mary Fowler) 1, Willard (Emma Field), Dan (Rhoda 
Larsen) , and Joy (Sant & Lewis) . 

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The following is a tribute in honor of Rhoda L. Harris as she 
left the Ririe School "THIS IS YOUR LIFE" 

Rhoda has spent her life in the service of her church, 
community, and school. She has taught school for 30 

years in Roosevelt, Layton, Utah. ...... .at May field, 

Rigby, Ammon and Ririe in Idaho. 

She has helped on many operattas and plays. .. .most every 
year presenting at least one community play. 

Mrs. Harris has been a conscientious PTA worker, and has 
served on almost every committee, including President in Ammon 
*, and Ririe. 
yj'^ She has been a wonderful homemaker, and has entertained 

gv\ many times in her home 

di She helped to sustained her nephews on missions as well as 
uc she and her husband Dan filling a mission in the Western States. 
^k_ Rhoda has worked in the Sunday School as chorister, in 

%c. Primary, Relief Society, MIA, as speech director. She was census 
; taker in 1940, and has served as historian in DUP. At present 

she is President of Ririe PTA Her great concern has always 

been for the children she teaches children not just subjects. 

by Thelma McMurtrey 

HISTORY OF ALMON L. BROWN 1904-1980 
I was born in Plain City, Weber County, Utah to Almon Dell 
Brown and Eva Geddes Brown, June 26, 1904. I grew up in the 
adjoining ward of Farr West and received my elementary education 
in Farr West, my high school education in Weber High School in 
Ogdon, Utah. My college education was had at Weber College in 
Ogden. The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and the 
Brigham Young University, at Prove, Utah, graduating from the BYU 
with a masters degree in Biology in June 1932. For 12 weeks I 
attended summer school at the University of Chicago in 1935. 

From 1925 to 1928 I served with Cecil Hart of Idaho Falls- 
Rigby , in the French Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter Day Saints. I taught school in the Brigham City, Utah 
high school and the Pocatello, LDS seminary before coming to 
teach seminary in Ammon in August 1937. 

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On coming to Ammon my family consisted of my wife Gladys and 
one daughter, Beverly, having lost a son, Ray, at birth while 
living in Pocatello. We located first in the Cleo Black then 
after a couple of more moves we purchased the old Chris Anderson 
home when the estate came up for sale following the death of Mrs. 
Anderson . 

A few years after our arrival, Gladys was asked to teach 
Home Economics in the Ucon High School. She taught there until 
her health began to fail and she eventually developoed cancer of 
the leg and after several surgical operations lost her leg 
passing the rest of her life in a wheel chair and passed away 
March 30, 1969. 

The second year after our arrival, through the suggestion of 
my seminary Supervisor J. Karl Wood, I obtained the help of Miss 
Hazel Carver, the drama teacher and Mrs. Irene Bailey, the art 
teacher, and produced a couple of one-act religious plays each 
year. These plays were very well received by Ammon people. 

I developed an electrical business to help supplem.ent our 
school teacher's income and had Erwin E. Wirkus as my helper for 
over 20 years. 

After the death of Gladys in 1969, I married Valeria Blatter 
January 16, 1971. In September we received a call to the Rome 
Italian mission for the church. We arrived in Roome January 16, 
1972 and were inmmediately sent to Palermo, Sicily to train the 
saints in church leadership. I was installed aa the Palermo 
Branch President and the Sicily and Catania, that had the 
missionaries. After a year in Palermo we were transfered to 
Florence where we finished out our mission and were released in 
May 1972. On arriving home in Ammon, we arranged with Richard 
Skidmore, to build us a new home at 3155 Central Avenue in Ammon. 
We had sold our old homes, Valeria's to her son Glenn and mine to 
Larry Davies. 

At present we are both enjoying good health and spend our 
winters in our home in Mesa, Arizona and our summers in our home 
in Ammon. 

by Almon Brown 

LAVAR GARNDER ANDJ MINA OGLESBY 

Mina came from Mississippi, probably a convert to the LDS 
church. LaVar's parents were George and Nellie Killian Gardner. 
LaVar was born in 1901 on the farm south of Ammon. Dora Denning 
was a nurse and mid-wife. 

The George Gardners came from Richfield, Utah in 1901 and 
settled on a farm 3 1/2 miles south of Ammon. LaVar and Mina 
built a home on a knoll and not far away. Lew and Louise Hammer 
built on a knoll and not far away, and were real good neighbors. 

Leonard Purcell was living where Volmers now live. Leonard 
and Til lie bought the Hammer place. Later Edsell Summers, a 
contractor in Ammon, bought from them. 

There was an old Carter home southeast of Russell 
Everett's east of Lew Hammer. George and Nellie had a large 
family. Their children attended school in Dewey: Vacel, Dora, 
Erma, and an only brother, Calvin, rode horse back and walked to 
Dewey, a one room^ school. The people attended church in Ammon, 



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and also high school when the Dewey School was dissolved. Miss 
Anderson was a teacher when Gardner's attended school there, 

LaVar was seven years in the Ammon Bishopric. Lyle 
Anderson was the Bishop, and Wallace Wadsworth and LaVar Gardner 
were the counselors. All the Gardners boys worked on the canals 
being built. Their home burned to the ground, but no one was 
harmed. 

LaVar was also Elder's Quorum President, and on the school 
board for years. LaVar said, "Ammon was a good place to raise 
our family. We loved all those people." 

LaVar and Mina filled a mission for the LDS church in 
Arkansas. One of their girls was a skater and a dancer. 

In 1948, the Gardners moved to Oregon and farmed there. 
Their children: Lorna (Dick), Levetta (farmer), Meriuce 
(Musselman) , Verna Mae (Christensen) , Nadene (Frigg) , J. Darwin 
(O'Connell), Steve (Day), Harvey D. (died, buried in Ammon 
Cenetery) , Barry D. (Thurgrand) , and Don (died). 

All the fam.ily as well as grandparents are buried in Ammon. 

Gardner's lived in Arizona 10 - 15 years. 

Told by LaVar Gardner to Miranda Stringham 

ARNFRED CHRISTENSEN AND ELIZABETH HYATT 

It was a puzzle to get an age from Arnfred Christensen but 
sometimes we can figure for ourselves. With his wit and sense 
of humor could mix anyone up. At least we now he was 8 7 when he 
died in 1970. 

In 1904, he married Elizabeth Hyatt in the Manti Temple. 
He was a graduate of the Snow College at Ephriam, Utah. He 
taught school in Joseph, Utah for seventeen years, was former 
Bishop of Joseph Ward for ten years. 

He and family moved to Idaho in 1919, buying a farm and 
home at Goshen. He taught school at Upper Presto and Goshen. He 
also taught school in Ammon for twenty years. 

He served as Mayor of Shelley after m.oving there in 1955. 
He worked in the Shelley Stake and on the Firth School Board, and 
was County Commissioner of Bingham County for 18 years. In 1970, 
he had the banks of Sand Creek re-inforced to help control the 
flood waters in Idaho Falls. 

Arnfred was liked by all who knew him. He and Elizabeth 
were always active in church and community, wherever they lived. 
They raised a fine family of children: Laura (Monson) , Walter 
(Priest), Janice (Judy), Frank (Nielsen), Luella (not married), 
Connie (Hunter) , and Coleen (Olsen) . All the children attended 
Firth and Shelley schools. Connie was Bingham County Clerk and 
Tax Collector for many years. All the children were active 
church and civic leaders. 

Elizabeth was at the dedication of Shelley DU? Marker 
October 12, 1964 at Shelley Park. She had held several stake 
positions in the church. 

by Connie C. Hunter 

REID S. SMITH AND RHEA WILLIAMS 
For several years the Osgood students of high school 
commuted to and from school to Ammon in buses, right past and 



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through Idaho Falls where there was a four (4) year school but 
not room enough for Ammon and Osgood. By putting these two 
smaller schools and by busing the students both enjoyed school 
school in Ammon. 

Reid E. Smith lived in Osgood and was one who was bussed. 
He graduated in 1934, became a school teacher and taught for 
twenty four years in Shelton, Jameston, Wenatchee, Washington; 
Lincoln, Ucon, Fairview, and in high school in Ammon. For 
thirteen years was a District 91, and taught in Bonneville High 
School and was Principal of District 93 for many years. 

He met Rhea Williams at Warm River, where he taught 2 years 
and they were married. They moved to Vancouver, Washington, 
where they both worked. Reid worked in the Ship Yards for 4 
years as a metal and electrical lead man. 

In 1935, after leaving Washington, he came back to Idaho to 
District 91, where he was principal of the 8th and 9th grades. 

In 1961 he was principal in Lincoln, where the children at 
the time of remodeling were required to attend school in the 
church house. Some of the children kneeled on the floor and used 
their bench for a desk. There where 300 students there near the 
sugar factory. 

At Fairview, there were four rooms and several teachers. 
During the years of 1966-68, there were twenty-four teachers in 
junior high and in Hillview. 

by Reid Smith 

MARVIN AND ROSE MARIE W. ANDERSON 

Marvin had the privilege of working in the Special Education 
Program with the Indian children of Fort Hall for 8 or 10 years. 

He and Rose Marie bought the little confectionary and store 
across from the school and started a barber shop and beauty 
salon, as he had been a barber in Boise, and learned the trade. 
Leo Nielsen had built the little place years before, and it was 
remodeled in 1950 and was formally called the 'Cat Shop.' 

Rose Marie was a Wright girl from Lincoln. Together she and 
Marvin were for the same purpose. 

The Army caught up with Marvin, and he was at Fort Ord and 
Fort Carson, Colorado. He was home between school and marriage 
and filled a mission for the LDS church in Eastern Canada. He 
also served as Coucilman for 8 years and helped with Pool and 
Churches . 

Marvin and Rose Marie had three children: Nora ( ) , 
Tamara (Higgins) , and Marvin 3rd. 

by Marvin Anderson 

THE LIFE OF GLEN SOUTHWICK AND HIS FAMILY 
Glen Southwick was born January 20, 1908 at Rexburg, Idaho 
where his folks, Roy and Permelia, were attending Ricks Academy. 
In the spring following his birth, they moved to Ammon, from 
where they had originally come, bought a farm and built a home. 

When Glen was three, his parents went to work on the Osgood 
Canal, dad working with team and scraper and mother cooking out 
of a large tent, to feed a crew of men. To keep track of Glen 
they had to stake him out on thirty feet of rope. Scon after 



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this Melba was born. 

About age five. Glen moved with his family to Roseville, 
California, where his dad worked for the railroad. At age six, 
he entered school there in California, where they had lived for 
two years. But their home was in Ammon, so again they packed up 
and moved. This time to a familiar place with family and friends 
around. When they arrived they found that the school was too 
crowded, so Glen stayed at home that winter and started school 
again at age seven. 

Soon there after, he and his dad took a team and wagon and 
drove to Lament, (east of Ashton) where his dad's cattle grazed 
on a brother's ranch. They rounded up about 30 head of cattle 
and drove them with one person walking to push them along, while 
the other drove the team. This trip took about four days. The 
next few years it was Glen's job during the summer months to herd 
cows on the sides of the roads near Ammon, which he did on foot. 

Each spring would find Glen in the field thinning beets to 
get a little spending money. He was paid by the acre and 
averaged about an acre a day. In the summer the beets needed 
weeding and he would be at it again. A lot of hard work for a 
little spending money. In the fall he picked potatoes and topped 
beets . 

For recreation his crowd all went to church on Sunday 

mornings and had the rest of the day to do as they pleased. So 

Sunday afternoons would find him and his buddies in town at the 

picture show. This is where he learned to read. First they 

f^ would see the picture and then read the words that followed to 

: see what the cowboys and Indians had to say. Most of the shows 

C'^ were "to be continued" so every week he could be found at the 

dr theater. 

On January 11, 1922, a very cold morning during the winter, 
his father got him up and put him on a horse to go for his Aunt 
Rettie Jones, who lived about a mile away. When he got there he 
was to cold to start back so hiS'>^''took his horse and left. As 
soon as he got warm he headed out on foot for home. By the time 
he arrived, he had a new baby brother, Roy. The rest of the 
winter the house was kept a lot warmer, his dad had bought two 
ton of coal . 

By this time in his life he could handle a team of horses, 
so he started driving four head on a wagon, and did so for some 
time. He spent a lot of time hauling road gravel for the county 
and sugar beets to the beet dump. At times he would hire out and 
drive outfits for other area farmers. This was his paying job 
and kept him busy most of the time. 

The last half of his 8th year in school, the basketball 
coach approached him and talked him into playing on the high 
school team. The following year the high school went to four 
years. This is what he had to say about this experience: 

"I played on the main team as center, for the next three and 
a half years. When I got infection in my right leg, almost lost 
it, but Doc West did a local and cleaned the mess up." For the 
next little while, he had to be really careful not ot get skinned 
up or he'd have a re-occurance of the blood poisoning. 

Of his farming experiences he tells, "At eighteen I rented a 
a forty acre farm. I raised hay, beets and potatoes. Being my 

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first try at irrigating on my own, my dikes washed out and I sure 
shoveled one hell of a lot of mud. The beet crop was not too 
good. The hay got rained on and there was no market for the 
potatoes. So I didn't make much money, but I got a good lesson 
in farming . " 

Glen worked at any job that came along until February of 
1929, when he left for the Southern States to serve a mission for 
the LDS church. After returning from his mission he again 
resided in Ammon. The following spring he met Gladys Porter from 
Ashton, at a party being held at the Christian Anderson home. 
The next two years included several visits to the Porter home, 
until June 8, 1933, when they were married in the LDS Temple at 
Logan, Utah. 

By this time. Glen's father had purchased a home in Ammon 
and had taken a job as school custodian. Together, Glen and 
Gladys moved into the little house on the farm and Glen undertook 
the running of the farm. The years to come proved to be a trial, 
as the "Great Depression" was at it's height. They did every 
kind of job available to keep the wolf from the door. 

Just after the war, school teachers were in demand and 
Gladys was able to get employment. This eased the financial 
strain and they were able to save more and improve living 
conditions. During the next eight years Gladys was able to get 
her degree and continued her teaching career, and the boys grew 
up and went away to school. It was time for Glen to retire from 
the farm and at this time he took the job of school custodian. 
They built their home in the Ammon townsite in 1957. His father 
sold the farm shortly thereafter. 

After this retirement Gladys continued to work for three 
more years, but Glen didn't have a chance to get bored or lonely. 
He spent many hours baby sitting his granddaughter, Janet and 
Cindy. He also worked with his hands, either whittling, making 
leather belts with wooden buckles, building willow bead 
necklaces, constructing small scale wagons and sleighs with 
moveable parts exactly like the ones people used to use. He and 
Gladys spent many hours gardening and the rewards were in 
abundance . 

In the spring of 1981, Glen began to experience some 
physical discomfort which subsequently led to surgery. At that 
time the doctors diagnosed cancer. The remainder of the summer 
was spent in taking radiation treatments in the Pocatello 
hospital. By early fall he felt well enough to go with the 
regular hunting party made up of sons, grandsons and close 
friends. After a three week hunting outing in the Island Park 
area he felt good and his spirits were on the upswing. However, 
by late November his health began to deteriorate and continued to 
do so until he passed away on January 19,1982, just 9 hours 
before his seventy-fourth birhtday. 

Constance and Gladys Porter, daughters of Fred and Stella 
Porter of the Ashton area (Ora) grew up and were both educated to 
be school teacher. "Connie", the older came to Ammon in 1930 to 
teach Home Economics in the small Ammon High School. During that 
time she rented a room in the Chritian Anderson home. At this 
time she met Clyde Anderson. In the spring of 1931 Clyde's 
sister, lola, had a party for a number of the young people in 



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Ammon. Glen Southwick had just returned from his mission and 
Connie's sister, Gladys, -from Ashton was invited to be his date. 
This began a two year courtship with Clyde and Glen making the 
trip to Ora about every six weeks. Grandpa James Nephi thought 
it rediculous to go so far but they persisited and on June 8, 
1933, the two couples went to the Logan Temple and were married. 
Gladys taught school one year in Teton Valley before her 
marriage and did not resume her teahing career until 1946 when 
she taught as a substitute in Ammon. In the spring of 1947 she 
signed her first contract to teach in the Ammon School. She had 
taught 105 days as a sub and in the fall of 1947 began as a fifth 
grade teacher in the building used at the present time in "Old 
Ammon". She held this position for about fifteen years when she 
changed to fourth grade soon after District 19 was consolidated 
into District 93. About four years after this change she moved 
to the new Hillview school where she remained until her last year 
(1975-1976) when she moved back to the Ammon building into the 
same room in which she had started. In 1976, she retired. 

She began teaching in Ammon under Sam Fairchild as 
Superintendent. He was superintendent until conscldation. Then 
Louis Wold became superintendent of District 93. High school 
remained in the Ammon building until they were able to build the 
present junior high building then the Ammon building became the 
junior high and the elementary was moved to the Hillview (for the 
Ammon area) . After the junior high was moved from Ammon the 
elementary was expanded into the Ammon building. 
«L •- • Submitted by Gladys Southwick 



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^1| : THE HOME MADE SCHOOL BUS by LaVar Gardner 

^'J-. i Not all conveyances of school children came from factories. 

g(* Some were like sheep camps, some were on wagon wheels, others 

<^c. were old cars remodeled. 

'Q'4 ' LaVar was the builder of a new kind. In 1940 he took an old 

Ford that he had purchased from Ford Motor Company in Idaho 
Falls, put seats along both ways, just left four spaces for 
windows in front and in back. The seats were made of lumber. 
This conveyance could haul 40 to 50 students, and these were 
mostly south of Ammon, out of the hills, not the entire district. 
In 1932 this area rode to school in a covered sleigh in 
winter, had beams over the top, covered tight and warm to keep 
the canvas tight and in shape. This was not like a regular bus 
today, but at that time it served the purpose. 

• •••••***••*••••••••••**•■**•*•**• 

Previous to 1920, TYPEOFFS, were used for the student body 
in Ammon High School. In 1938-39 Ammon Bobcats or Hornets, 
changed to Bonneville Bees -- only 125 students in 1933 — 200 
elementary. 

ABOUT SCHOOLS 

Ella Miller was Bonneville County Sperintendent in 1911 

Mr. Darby was first Superintendent in Ammon in 1921-22, was in 

two years 

D. T. Williams was in four years 

B. H. Barrus came in 1931 and was superintendent until the 

consolidation. 

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*********••****•••****•*•• 

Ozone school closed April 13, 1923, and was annexed to Ammon 
for a home economic room, and a lunch room about 1935. Vera Lee 
was over the lunch room from 1931 to 1944, and again from 
1960-61. 

*•*********•••***•**•*••*•* 

This information was found in an old year book: 

George Smith chairman of school board 

Parley Hansen, Orial Anderson, LaVar Gardner, Reed Blatter, 

Wallace Wadsworth, and Lyle Anderson, the committee, from 1933 to 

1939 

The faculty from 1933 - 1949 v/ere: 

B. H. Barrus Superintendent 

Velma Morse English 

Mabel Mul liken Home Economics 

Ray L. Haddock Science and Math 

Marion G. Anderson English and Dramatics 

Afton Barrett History and Atheltics 

Royal Balif f Commercial 

Pierce Nelson Music 

Don Peterson Agriculture 

Lucius Clark Seminary 

The following was found in a 1937 year book: 

PUBLISHING THE YEAR BOOK 
The following organizations contributed to the publishing of 
the year book and to the buying of band instruments. WHAT A 
GENEROUS ACTl 
These are the companies: 

Boise Payette Lumber Company, Sunburg Archeticts, Tri-State 
Lumber, East Side Lumber Company, East Side Paint, Midland 
Elevators, Blind Bull Coal, Idaho Falls Electric, Standard 
Studio, Ogden Pressed Brick, Upper Snake River Valley Dairy, Utah 
Power and Light, Idaho Typewriter Exchange. Utah Idaho Supply 
Company, Steel Engineers Company, Ammon Red, White and Blue 
Grocers . 

The LDS church gave $1000.00 toward the band replacement, after 
the fire of 1936. 

RAY AND LYMAN PICKETT and "The Stray Pen" 

The Picketts came from Logan, Utah about 1934, much of Ammon 
was changed by the, from sage brush and jack-rabbits to a 
up-coming little town. 

Lyman married Ethel Womack, also from Logan, Utah. The 
Lymans farmed and raised sugar beets for U & I Sugar Company. 
They also raised corn silage and dairy cows. 

There were two houses on the place, the Rosin place the 
Picketts bought. The east twenty seven acres nearest the Kelley 
Store belonged to Ray, who was a forest ranger at Spencer, Idaho. 
The two families had their separate homes. 

One of the interesting stories Ethel recal led was about the 



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TOWN POND, which collected or gathered up stray dogs, cattle 
horses. Some people called it the STRAY PEN. It was near Sand 
Creek, and had a tall board fence around it. Should some of 
your animals get put in it, a fine had to be paid before they 
were released. One could hear dogs howling, cows bellowing, and 
horses whinning any time of the night, probably for the need of 
food, and from being shut away from their own home yard. It is 
strange that more stories have not been told about the Old Stray 
Pens, every village in the valley had one, at one time. 

Ethel recalls the big old barn the Anderson's built, it 
could protect large machinery or funiture, as there was one room 
solid cement. Gordon had chickens in the top at one time. It 
was really a landmark. It was mentioned of making a museum of it 
but it was burned down before this happened. 

Maiben Jones bought the place from the Andersons. It was a 
good storage place for combines, tractors, and such. There was a 
trailer, tractor, truck, and a boat in it when it burned. 

by Ethel Prickett 





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ANTON PEDERSON AND ALVILDA CHRISTENSEN 

Anton was born in Copenhagen, Demark or in a small town near 
there called Honer, Ruigkjohung, long after the turn of the 
century. Education was very paramount in his life as he always 
studied hard and read the best books. He came to America. 

He was able to pass Idaho's exams as an educator for he was 
the holder of a Life Diploma in the State of Idaho. This 
designated him as a successful educator of many years experience 
as a principal of Community Schools in Bonneville County. 

He was a family man and a religious man, was baptized and 
confirmed a member of the LDS church. He had held all offices of 
the Priesthood. He taught schools in Basalt, lona, Ammon and 
many others. 

He received his Patriarchal BLessing while living in Salem, 

Idaho in 1901. It is signed -0. N. Lilyenquist 

^submitted by Paul Street 



WILLIAM SPENCER LORDS 

William married Mary Ann Nordin, they were married in Grant, 
Utah. Mary was born in Levan, Millard County they later m.oved 
to Vernal where William was a miner. Some one had told them 
about the advantages in Idaho so with three other of the Lords 
brothers, they left Utah for greener fields and opportunities. 

Each brother and family had a wagon or two and a trailer 
wagon behind as sort of a trailer. There was so much to take 
with them, beside their supplies and bedding. 

There was Daivd, John, Daniel and Joseph, others were 
relatives with cattle and chickens. They met at the Washington 
School and were located on various farms from there. It was in 
the month of June when they left Vernal. They stayed in Ammon 
for one year. 

In 1898-99 they moved to Rexburg and hauled milk, and rock 
for the college. William and Mary moved back to Ammon in 1902 
having only one child. Delta. The other children were born in 
Ammon: Etta(Adams), Stella (Empey) , Ida (Stallings), Alvah, 
Melvin, Delta (Beck), Iva Stallings, Leland, Sylvia (Richardson) , 



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Fontella (Luke), Marlin and Oral. 

They moved to Idaho Falls and later to Taylor, Idaho. Their 
home was where the Country Club now is. 

R. LEE FIFE 

Lee and Snobia Soelberg were married, and lived in Ammon for 
many years, most of their family were born there. Lee farmed 
south and west of the town. The Fifes also had livestock. 

Snobia helped compile the book, PIONEER IRRIGATION, a volume 
put out by the Daughters of the UTAH PIONEERS. Snobia had 
attended normal school at Abion, had prepared to be a school 
teacher . 

From the seven children born to the Fifes, two were doctors. 

The children are: Roine (Hunt), Leland J. of Roberts, Dr. 
Reed from Idaho Falls, Dr. Lavon, Marilyn, Lynn, and Ronald. 
Evidently Roine married a Thrope later. She and all the Fife 
children had degrees in education. Roine taught in universitites 
and colleges. She received her doctorate in Minnasota. She also 
taught home economics in the Islands and received quite an honor 
from Ricks College. 

Mrs. Reed Fife was a nurse and received her teaching degree 
in Madison High School. She also worked for the Travel Agency of 
California. 

Snobia taught school and gave many church demonstrations in 
leadership and other topics. 

All the family had doctors degrees and were well read and an 
asset to the communities were they resided. 

Lee was a studious man and came from a fine family, his 
mother was the first Stake Primary President in Bingham Stake. 
She used to travel around to the ward primaries in a little black 
topped buggy drawn with horses. 

Roine F. Hunt, did outstanding work in home economics, in 
Rexburg, Minneapolis, and in the Pacific Isles, Ricks College 
paid her great honors in 1983. 

by E. Soelberg 

MAGLEBY, R. T., KARL J. AND LEWIS 

R. T. was a school teacher in Ammon sometime before 1920. 
Karl was his son and was a farmer west of Ammon on Sunnyside 
Road. Karl was one of the threshing crew. He probably controlled 
the grain separator and the engine. He evidently did not 
homestead, but rather pruchased a deliquent one. He lives in 
Idaho Falls at present. 

Magleby's operated a saw mill in the mountains south east of 
Ammon, located on Seventy Creek. It was formerly owned by 
Striker's. Mr. Striker was caught in the saw and killed. 

The saw was run by the steam engine from their threshing 
machine. Jack Dehlin hauled some logs with an ox team. The 
trash lumber was used to get up the steam in the engine. 

After about three years, the saw mill was moved to Ashton 
and later to Island Park and South 's took over the management. 
It is not certain which of the Maglebys operated the thresher 
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JAMES CALLOWAY BALLS 

Married Seamma Mar low. They were from Brushy Mountain, 
North Carolina. This town is between Willsboro and Statesville. 
They were converts to the LDS church and the church helped move 
them west. They first came to Manassah, Colorado. 

The children were: John, Arthur, Phineas, Leonard, Belo, 
Ludeena, Pat and Willard. Phineas, Bersey, and Arthur hearded 
sheep in Utah before coming to Idaho. 

Jack Dempsey's mother helped prepare Mrs. James (Seamma) 
Ball for burial. Mr. Ball, the father then returned to North 
Carolina and married again and came back to the Syracuse, Utah 
area before returning to Ammon in 1902. 

The boys did chores and attended school. Phineas lived with 
a Briggs family and married one of their daughters, Nellie. 
After her death, he married Mabel Andres in 1928. Neither wife 
had any children. 

Phineas bought forty acres from Al Owen and farmed the place 
from 1902 til 1962. When he came to Idaho, all of his earthly 
belonging's were brought with a horse and buggy. 

In 1967 Phineas and Mabel moved to Idaho Falls. Both of his 
wives were active in the Ammon ward. Mabel was also active 
member of the DUP. 

Phineas was the ditch rider for the Progressive Canal for 
many years. 

CHRISTOPHER LAYTON GALBRAITH 

Christopher (Chris) was the son of Christopher Layton 
Galbraith of Kaysville, Utah, Mary Helena Johnson was the mother. 
Their ancestry, Jane is spoken of in church history. The 
paternal grand parents were Elmer Wood Johnson and Jane Little of 
Johnson, Arizona after they were driven from their home in 
Colonia Diaz, Mexico. Christopher and Mary had homesteaded. He 
was the second child born to Mary and Christopher. Their names 
are: Christopher J., Itha J., Heva J. ,Erma J., Alma J. amd Esna 
J. (twins) , William J., Ila J., Belva J., and Iriel J. The J must 
have been their family initial for all had it. 

Chris graduated from Ammon Elementary, and before the high 
school was built, rode a horse into Idaho Falls each day to high 
school. This family of Galbraith bought the big rock house from 
Joseph Anderson and possibly some of the land. 

The father of Pearl Galbraith was an uncle to Christopher, 
the fathers were brothers. Pearl's father built a house on the 
highest elevation before one gets to Pedersen Hill. Today it is 
still called Galbraith' s Hill. One brother west of it, and 
another on it. Both were dry farmers. 

Christopher Layton Balbraith, homesteaded east of Rock 
Hollow down the foothills. They went to their home by way of 
Rock Hollow, and William Layton Galbraith by way of Otto Holms. 

Christopher Jr. was an accountant and his father held a 
village choir. Their homestead was abouth six or seven miles 
up in the foothills. Chris Jr. taught school at Tipperary 
perhaps as it was the closest. They were one mile west of 
Charley Stromberg. They to attended church in Ammon. 

Chris was to young for World War I and to old for World War 
II, the 17-19 age. He was clerk on the school board where he 

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has lived. His folks proved up on their land and moved to Utah 
in 1919. Chris met a lovely girl, Mildred Slatings, they were 
married in 1930, she also was a school teacher. They filled a 
mission together to Australia, then moved to MC Gill, Nevada, he 
taught there also. He was superintendent of schools for 25 years 
there, 4 years of teaching in school capacity. His degrees were 
from University of Nevada, California and Utah, Standford 
University for his masters. 

In 1919 they moved to Ogden, Utah in 1957, Chris and family 
moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 1961 they lived in Las Vegas, 
Nevada . 

Quoting Chris, "I loved Ammon especially one girl there, by 
the name of Irene A. she married Dermont Ricks. At this time I 
would not have wanted .. to move." 

His bosom pals were, Reuben Anderson and Everett Purcell. 

Chris and Mildred were the parents of two girls: Sharon 
Mildred who married a BYU professor. Janet Lunne married a 
professor from Tempe, Arizona. 

by Christopher Jr. Galbraith 

MYRNA ANDERSON 

Myrna is the daughter of William J. and Mary Neilsen. She 
was born October 30, 1931. She attended school in Am'mon, and in 
Ricks College at Rexburg , Idaho. She also attended' the BYU at 
Prove, Utah. She earned a bachelors degree in elementary 
education. She feel in love and married a handsome young man, 
Delmar Anderson, and has supported him in all his interests and 
businesses . 

Shortly after their marrigage, Delmar was called to serve on 
a mission in Canada. She stayed at home with a young son, 
Steven, and Doyle who was born 6 months after his father left for 
the mission. 

During this time she had her faith tried and strengthened, 
when the Anderson crops wre hailed out, she observed their strong 
faith and testimonies in time of trouble. Some of the proceeds 
from this crop was to sustain herself and Delmar in the mission 
field. She learned of courage and determination from her in-laws 
and husband, and this sustained her during their separation. 

Myrna loves to read, sew and sing. She belongs to a singing 
group of Choralers, in Idaho Falls. She has also sang with 
Trionaires and other groups. She has been called to many 
positions in the church a few are: Primary President, Primary 
Counselor, Relief Society President, teacher MIA President, MIA 
Stake Board Secretary. Served as a counselor in the mission with 
her husband. Has been involved in Hill Cumorah Pageant, for five 
years as well as being in it. Officator in the Idaho Falls LDS 
Temple for seven years. 

Myrna feels the strength of her stalwart parents, who were 
strong and vigorous, their faith and example has held her 
steadfast in the face of trouble. She has seen many changes in 
Ammon, during her life time and feels that this is still the best 
place in the world to live. 



■by Myrna Anderson 



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DELMAR ANDERSON 

Delmar was born 20, June 1932, in Idaho Falls, Idaho to 
Justin C. Anderson and Alice Mclntyre. He was raised around 
Ammon, he was baptized 4 August 1940 in Ammon. He received his 
formal education in Ammon, Ricks College, and Brigham Young 
Universtiy in Provo, Utah. He obtained a bachelor degree in 
education administration and minor in counseling. 

As a young man, Delmar, was very interested in sports and 
played in the teams of the Ammon Schools, during his high school 
years. He also played for the LDS church ball teams. He was 
highly competitive. 

He married Myrna Doreen Neilsen on June 27, 1951 in the 
Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They had known each other for a long 
time as each had attended the Ammon school and church together. 
They had always enjoyed each others company. 

To this marriage came four children: Steven, Doyle, 
Gerrolyn and Cynthia. 

Delmar came from Danish people's and carried on the legacy 
of them, of vigorous ambitious people who helped settle the town 
of Ammon. 

His main occupation has been farming and livestock. His 
first farm was the old home farm of Lyle Anderson, south of 
Ammon. One time he wintered and fed over 1,000 head of feeder 
cattle in a large livestock program. He obtained a desert entry 
of 360 acres on the desert north of Blackfoot. He broke it out 
of sage brush and put in a large sprinkling system to water it 
with. At this time the family would move out to the desert and 
live either in a sheepcamp or a box car during the summer 
months. They would move back into Shelley for the winter and 
school . 

Delmar drove large tankers trucks, large semi-trucks, to 
haul the sheep back and forth. He was in the business with his 
brother, Dwain, in the transportation deal. They lost this 
buisness when two trucks caught fire in the night. Both were 
destoryed. He worked for the Greyhound Bus as a driver for the 
AEC in Idaho Falls, Idaho . While he was doing this he 
constantly felt a desire to further his education. He took many 
classes and studied many hours to obtain his degree. 

He became a teacher in Bonneville District #93 and taught 
for over ten years. Shortly after his marriage he received a 
call to serve a mission for the LDS church. He left for the 
Canadian Mission 19 May 1953, leaving his wife with two small 
children home while he completed the assignment. 

His interest are varied and diversified. He has. been 
actively engaged in politics, has served on the school board, for 
Bonneville School District #93, he has been a member of the Teton 
Peaks Boy Scout Executive council. 

In his church he has had many assignments: a few include: 
High Council for three High Councils, Bishopric, Gospel 
Doctrine, Teacher, Teacher Development Instructor, High Priest 
Quorum Instructor, Advisor to Aaronic Priesthood, Idaho Falls 
Temple worker. Temple committee. Temple Sealer, Manager of Ammon 
Welfare Farm, Welfare Agent, Manager of LDS cannery in Idaho 
Falls, and Bishop's storehouse. 

In 1978-79, Delmar and Myrna filled missions to the New York 



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Rochester Mission, while they were there they became involved in 
the Hill Cumorah Pageant, at Palmyra, New York. Delmar was 
called to serve as volunteer director for the pageant, and served 
five years in this capacity. 

For the last sixteen years Delmar and Myrna ' s home has been 
the 120 acre known as "The Owen's Place" east of Ammon, they have 
enjoyed living in the rock house that is one of the first homes 
built in that area, that stands on the property. 

Delmar is vitally interested in the Ammon area, and what is 
happening there. He continues to be an infuence for good to his 
family, friends and community. 

Submitted by Myrna Anderson 



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CHURCHES AND SEMINARIES 




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AMMON WARD BISHOPRICS 

1891 Arthur M. Rawson, Bishop 

31 January 1892, Josiah A. Richardson 1st Councelor 

31 January 1892, Samuel Southwick, 2nd Councelor 

It is believed Nathanial Ownes also served as a counselor to 

Bishop Rawson 

25 September 1899 Christian Anderson, Bishop 
25 September 1899 Joseph H. Owen, 1st Counselor 
25 September 1899 John Empey, 2nd Counselor 

18 April 1902, Joseph H. Owen, 1st Counselor died 

John Empey made 1st Counselor 

Myron P. Cooley set apart as 2nd Counselor 

13 September 1903 Myron P. Cooley released 
Ephraim S. Empey chosen in his place 

27 July 1913 Bishop Christian Anderson was released, together 
with his counselors John Empey and Ephraim S. Empey. 

3 August 1913 Leonard G. Ball ordained a Bishop 
Charles H. Owen made 1st Counselor 
Gottlieb Blatter 2nd Counselor 

21 November 1920, Charles H. Owen released and 2nd Counselor 
Gottlieb Blatter promoted to 1st Counselor and David A. Owen 
sustained as 2nd Counselor. 

24 September 1922 David A. Owen released as 2nd Counselor and 
Edson I. Porter sustained as his successor. Set apart 26 
November 1922. 

6 May 1928 1st Counselor Gottleib Blatter was released and Joseph 
Anderson set apart 13 May 1928. 

29 December 1929 Bishop Leonard Ball and Counselors Joseph 
Anderson and Edson I. Porter were honorably release. Lyle M. 
Anderson was sustained as Bishop with Wallace Wadsworth as 1st 
and Lavar Gardner as 2nd Counselor, to take charge of affairs 1 
January 1930. 9 February 1930 they were ordained and set apart. 
Ozone dessolved 1934 - moved to Ammon Ward. 

8 December 1935 Bishop Lyle M. Anderson and counselors G. Wallace 
Wadsworth and Lavar Gardner were honorably released. The 
following were sustained: Lyman J. Whiting, Bishop; Reuben C. 
Anderson 1st Counselor; Lavern Judy 2nd Counselor; Lamar Whiting 
Ward Clerk. 

23 August 1936 Lyman Johnson Whiting was ordained a Bishop and 
Reuben^Christain Anderson 1st Counselor, and William Lavern Judy 

2nd Counselor. 



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We have received no quarterly historical reports from the 
Idaho Falls. Stake from 1938 until its disorganization. The Ammon 
Ward was transfered to the South Idaho Falls Stake in 1946. So 
we have no record as to what changes took place between those 
dates. 

14 July 1946 released; Reed Blatter as Bishop; Almon L. 
Brown, 1st and C. Adolphus Holm 2nd Counselor. Sustained were 
Clifford Judy as Bishop, Lawrence Richs 1st and Leonard McDonald 
2nd Counselor. 

November 23, 1941 Reed Blatter Bishop; A. L. Brown 1st; Carl A. 
Holm 2nd Counselor 

July 14, 1946, R. Clifford Judy, Bishop; Lawrence Ricks, 1st; 
Leonard McDonald, 2nd. Leland Fife, Cleark until 1947 when Clyde 
Smith was sustained. 

January 20, 1952, Artel Sutter Bishop; H. Dean Elkington, 1st; 
Keith Hansen, 2nd; Clyde Smith, Clerk. 

November 23, 1953 Dean Elkington, Bishop; Keith Hansen, 1st; 
Logan Bee 2nd; Clyde Smith Clerk; Keith Wadsworth, finiancial 
clerk. 

1959 Glen Blatter Bishop; Jarvis Anderson 1st; Lyle Bowman 2nd. 



y;i>. We have received no quarterly historical reports from the South 

gvi Idaho Falls Stake since 31 December 1948. 

^•^' Ammon Ward History 

od 

^3 THE LDS SEMINARY IN AMMON 

£o In the fall of 193 7, I, Almcn L. Brown, was transferred from 
Pocatello, Idaho, seminary to replace Brother Lucius Clark. I 
had been teaching i^n Pocatello for five years holding classes 
before school, during the noon hour, and after school. I was 
paid only on a nine month's basis. So when I was offered a 12 
month salary, I was happy to accept. At the time my wife Gladys 
was teaching in Aberdeen, Idaho, where she had gone to replace a 
Home Eonomic teacher who had quit at Christmas. She was well 
liked and was asked to continue teaching there. Since it was in 
the middle of the depression, we thought it best for her to teach 
one more year, which she did and came to Ammon in 1938. 

The seminary grew fast and we had nearly all the high school 
students enrolled in 5 seminary classes. This was not hard 
because Brother Clark had created such a strong desire for the 
program. 

That year I asked Hazel Carver, the drama teacher of the 
high school, to help me with the activity. She readily accepted 
and we produced a one act play called "The Rock". Mrs. Irene 
Bailey, the high school art teacher was happy to paint new 
scenery and she did a beautiful job. The pay was a great 
success and we took it to several wards in Idaho Falls and to 
adjucent wards near Ammon. We continued this activity until 1942, 
when I was transferred to the Idaho Falls seminary to replace 

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Brother Elliss McAllister who had been 
Recreation Department of Ogden, Utah. 

Brother B. H. Barrus replaced me 
continued to teach for several years, 
teacher and was able to organize a se 
functioned until School District #93 was 
Bonneville High School was built. 

The seminary has grown until now there 
the Bonneville Seminary and a junior high 
the junior high grades. 

As of this date, 1983, I have retired 
Wirkus and Brother James Crook are carryi 
have several gualified teachers working 
can be accreditied to this program. Build 
high school provide ample classroom space. 

On March 30, 1969 my wife Gladys died. 
I married Valeria Blatter who had lost her 
1956. I had known Reed and Valeria ever si 
1937. Valeria and I built a new house i 
live . 



called to direct the 

in Ammon, where he 
He was an excellent 
minary in lona which 
orgainzed and the new 

are four teachers at 
seminary organized for 

, and Brother Erv/in E. 
ng on the work. They 
under them. Much good 
ings adjacent to the 

On January 16, 1971, 
husband on December 1, 
nee coming to Ammon in 
n Ammon where we now 




A L Bf^OWN 
Seminary Teacher 

LUCIUS CLARK 

Lucius Clark was born November 23, 1886 in a pioneer cabin 
in Freedom, Wyoming. He was the fourth of twelve children of Dr. 
Arthur Benjamin Clark and Mary Catrina Rasmussen Clark. His 
father, a traveling dentist, was the first bishop of the Freedom 
ward. His mother was the community's practical nurse. 

The Clark children didn't have beds, but slept on straw 
filled ticks on the floor. When company came for dinner, it was 
the custom to have the children wait until the adults were 



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through eating, or stand at the table to eat, because of the lack 
of chairs. 

Friendly Indians frequently rode about the area on their 
ponies. The braves would shoot squirrels with bow and arrows, 
and roast them over a fire on sticks. The Clark boys were 
invited to share this delicacy with the Indians, but declined. 

Mr. Clark received his education in Freedom, Juarez Stake 
Academy in Mexico, Utah State Agricultural College, and Brigham 
Young University. 

He met and courted Adelia Carling while both were living in 
Mormon colonies in Mexico and attending Juarez Stake Academy. 
They were married December 18, 1911. The following summer they 
were among the hundreds of refugees who were forced to leave 
Mexico because of the depredations of rebel bands during the 
Mexican Revolution. 

Before leaving for El Paso, Texas, the young couple hid a 
few wedding presents and other percious items that had to be left 
behind, hoping to keep them safe until they and others could 
return. Farms, furnished homes and livestock that were abandoned 
were quickly confiscated by the rebels and their friends. 

The Clarks spent several weeks with relatives in Blackfoot, 
Idaho, during which time their marriage was solemnized in the 
Logan Temple in Utah. Having made a decision to remain 
permanently in the United States, they moved to Preston, Idaho, 
where Mr. Clark began a forty year teaching career.. He also 
taught in schools in Three Forks, Montana, and in Treasureton, 
and Teton City , in Idaho. 
5 In the spring of 1928 he signed a contract to teach seminary 
w>. in Ammon, and moved his family there in July. He and his wife, 
ifjg and children ranging in ages from two months to fifteen years, 
c"^. made the trip from Teton City in their Model T Ford, on a bumpy 
'^^^^^ gravel road. Their first residence in Ammon was the Empey house, 
g> across the street north of the two school buildings. During the 
^^- nine years spent in Ammon, they also lived in the Wold, May Rowe , 
Singley, Edson Porter and small Ball homes. 

Mr. Clark's next teaching assignmnet was in Bancroft, where 
he taught for four years. Then he was transferred to Ririe, in 
1941. For a few years he taught afternoon classes in Rigby, and 
later in Midway, in addition to morning classes in Ririe. 

Having become proficient in speaking Spanish while living in 
Mexico, he served as an interpreter at Mexican labor camps in 
Bonnevillle county during World War 11 years. And for a short 
time he taught Spanish classes at Ricks College. 

Mr. Clark always enjoyed watching and performing magic 
tricks, and entertained enthusiastic audiences with his own magic 
shows. His handwriting was unusually artistic. During a period 
of many years he wrote names and dates on hundreds of church and 
school certificates and diplomas. 

The Clark family participated in musical activities, and 
played various instruments. They often performed on programs in 
surrounding communities, especially with mandolins and guitars. 
After teaching seminary for 25 years, Mr. Clark retired and he 
and Mr. Clark became temple officators. He did carpenter work 
and painted houses. During the war and for a total of ten years 



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he served on the Jefferson County Draft Board. He was also Ririe 
City Clerk for many years. The couple served an LDS mission in 
Texas in 1963-65. In 1970 they moved to Salt Lake City, where 
they resided until 1981. 

Mr. Clark held numerous stake and ward positions in the 
church, especially in music, teaching, and several times as ward 
clerk. He was High Priest secretary and home teacher at the time 
of his death following a heart attack January 30, 1981, at the 
age of 94. He was buried in Salt Lake City February 2, 1981. 

by Verla Cook Clark 




/qdeiro. e Lucius 



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MIRIAM ADELIA CARLING CLARK 



Miriam Adelia C 
8, 1889, a daughter 
Carling. Her father 
Order, and often 
stories of this vent 

Mrs. Clark atte 
Juarez in Mexico. 
8th grade she worked 
a washboard, after 
or on a fire outsi 
families with illne 
were familiar tasks 
still found time for 

She enrolled i 



arling was born in Orderv 
of John Henry and Mar 
, as a young man, had 
entertained his childre 
ure. 

nded schools in Ordervill 
For several years after 

outside the home. She d 
carrying the water and he 
de. Ironing with stove 
ss or a new baby, and 
. She also worked in a 

an active social life, 
n Juarez Stake Academy, 



ille, Utah, December 
y Elizabeth Lovell 
lived in the United 
n with interesting 

e, and in Garcia and 
graduation from the 

id large washings on 

ating it on a stove, 
irons, caring for 

doing outside chores 
shingle mil 1 , but 

where she became 



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acquainted with Lucius Clark, student body president. They were 
married at the home of her parents in Colonia Garcia December 18, 
1911. They were the parents of seven children: Elmer Lucius 
Clark, Mrs. Kenneth (Verla )Cook, Mrs. Ralph (Afton) Hill, Ervin 
Clark, (deceased 1958), Mr. John (Lucille) Clark, Mrs. Donal 
(Wilma) Hill and Melvin Carling Clark. 

During the years that Mr. Clark attended summer school 
sessions at Brigham Young University, Mrs. Clark also took 
courses in various subjects of interest to her. Her hobbies were 
music, raising beautiful flowers, doing "fancy work", and making 
quilts. Sh.' e won many blue ribbons at the Jefferson County Fairs 
with her entries. 

She loved children, and was a Primary teacher for 30 years. 
She held various other stake and ward positions. When the 
E-Da-How Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers was organized in 
Ammon May 19, 1936, she became a charter member and first 
chorister of that group. Since the death of her huband she has 
made her home with John and Lucille in California, and visits her 
other children whenever possible. At this time, 1983, in spite 
of impaired vision, she enjoys television programs, listens to 
tapes, and has a continuing interest in events and people. 

B. HARRISON BARRUS AND SEMINARY 
When Almon Brown was transferred to the Idaho Falls 
Seminary, B. Harrison Barrus of Ammon was asked to teach the 
Ammon Seminary. Since the Osgood students could come no more to 
Ammon School, and were stopped at the Idaho Falls School, because 
w>: of the extra mileage and extra gas used during the Second World 

£'S War. Ammon High School was enough smaller than one half day was 
gS all that a seminary teacher was needed. Classes for seminary 
^'^ were held only the first half day for that year. (1945-46) 
gS' During the year, the Department of Church Education asked if 
£0. I would also teach at the lona Seminary in the afternoon class 
periods. That would make a full time position for a teacher, and 
would give the lona people the advantages of seminary for their 
young people. 

The first few weeks of the year, classes were help in the 
living room of Bishop Sccresby's home, then the lona Ward Relief 
Society Room was used. One year later, a small seminary building 
had been built just west of the high school on adjoining 
property. This consisted of one class room and a small office. 
There had been enough emphasis put upon seminary and a new 
building, that we had a very good response by way of enrollment 
in the classes. Old Testament, New Testament and Church History 
were taught the second year. Most of the members of the Church 
of Jesus Christ who were in the high school came in to take 
seminary, five days each week. 

The seminary teacher had had some college training in music 
conducting. Very soon after he had been given the assignment to 
teach seminar, he looked up a book or two for review, and started 
one Friday to get all of the youth in the class, each class, 
beating time as they all sang hymns. Before too long many of the 
girls who had been taking piano lessons were very quick to like 
to lead. This keep up the the last fifteen minutes of each 

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Friday. Some of the boys were slower to get into the spirit of 
learning directing music. However, many of the sutdents were 
willing to lead the music in our Devotionals each morning. 
Several of them became excellent conductors in the wards. 

The consolidation of the schools started in 1950 with the 
building of the new Bonneville High School beginning. It was 
completed in 1957 with school begin held there beginning in 
August of that year. 

In 1950, the first year high school students were sent to 
Ucon, the second, third and fourth year students were sent to 
Ammon for their school work. This brought more seminary students 
than one teacher could take care of. Grant M. Andrus came over 
from Ucon and taught one class 6th period the first year after 
consolidation was completed. Erwin Wirkus came in the afternoon 
the second year; Dale Steiner came down from Rexburg and helped 
out the afternoon classes the third year. 

Upon completion of the Bonneville High School building and a 
seminary just to the north of it, we were glad to be united 
again. We started having classes at the various places in 1954. 

Projects : 

1. Sacrament Meetings 

About Christmas time we started assigning topic for speeches 
by the students in some ward Sacrament Meeting. The subject; 
Church History or Doctrine. Time; 5 to 6 minutes each. We 
arranged with the Bishop for us to bring a program to his ward, 
each ward that had students in seminary. We would scatter the 
dates for about two months, to miss Fast Sunday. Every boy and 
girl who was to graduate was given an assignment. This worked 
very wel 1 . 

2. Dancing (Mostly to make an honor program) 

In a sixth period Chuch History class - 3rd and 4th year 
students - prompted by a discussion about how few of the boys 
danced at the last high school dance, a proposition was made to 
the boys that if they would cooperate with us, we would teach 
them to dance using class time, starting the next Friday. They 
would need to use the dance cards we provided, and dance with 
whatever girl happened to come upon the card. We made dance 
programs with eight or ten dance numbers. We gave the girls 
numbers. Through boys drawing numbers and girls drawing numbers, 
each was assigned to his dance partner. The program told each 
boy who he was to trade with for the other dances. The girls 
taught the boys to dance. They learned to use dance programs. 
They were polite enough to honor the card's selection. The girls 
helped us make the cards and number them. We gathered up a dozen 
phonograph records and a phonograph. This proved to be very 
popular and successful. We probably used this one Friday per 
month that winter. 

B. H. Barrus taught seminary in the schools from 1945 to 



1964. 



•by B. Harrison Barrus 



WELFARE PLAN April 1936 
Wiley Lee was chosen to be head of the new plan in Ammon. 



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His job was to get workers to go to the Temple, also to get 
workers for the Welfare, an important new issue originated when 
Heber J. Grant was President of the Church. 

For many years people were very heedless, finally it became 
an active reality and Welfare Farms were bought by the Wards and 
Stakes in a center convenient to that Ward or Stake. All members 
of the church were asked to participate. Many in the church 
murmured "That the Welfare would not work." It was through the 
Priesthood of God, so was here to stay. There was a General 
Committee of all departments at the head, later was divided into 
regions. Stakes and Wards. It took several years operating 
before it finally became a big success. The Relief Society was a 
big help to the Priesthood. Through both auxiliares, the needs 
of the poor and needy were met, and relief was brought to the 
unfortunate of the Church. from Welfare Book. 

Wiley could work with his wife. Vera Lee, as she was 
President of the Relief Society from 1935 to 1941, or for about 6 
years. Such problems as tonsilitis, maternity cases, burial 
clothes and glasses, paid from welfare and all required to pay 
1/10 of storage to start a supply of food and commodities. Beans 
were planted for the welfare. Vera Lee said, "The man in charge 
said, "The Relief Society beans were frozen." I wonder what 
happened to other beans. 

by Vera Lee 

Picrure.. Wilev Lee on Welfare Farm. 



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was moved to ^Immon, 



CANALS AND IRRIGATION 






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IRRIGATION IN BONNEVILLE COUNTY 
(Taken from pioneer irrigation by Daughters of Utah Pioneers 
1955) 

Like many other counties in Idaho, the greatest wealth is 
the water supply. Bonneville County has 100,000 acres of choice 
irrigated land and is one of the most productive sections in the 
state, or nation. 

Starting in 1883, various groups of LDS migrated into the 
locality in search of homes and enough land to supply for their 
needs. Among these early villages are Ammon, Taylor, Willow 
Creek, Ucon and lona. These early pioneers recognized the great 
need and problem of getting the water out of the mighty Snake 
River, to water their thirsty soil. So they went to work with 
shovel and pick to lay rock and brush dams if necessary across 
streams to divert water into ditches. Their largest equipment 
^eing a team of horses and a hand scraper. 

As this particular history is about Ammon, it should be 
mentioned that Sand Creek ran through their locality and often 
gave them more water than they needed at the wrong time, however, 
it supplied natural channels to be used later, as it drained much 
of the hill country and is a break of the Willow Creek, which 
flowed westerly and emptied into the Snake near the temple in 
Idaho Falls. 

Some of the Ammon homesteaders who were instrumental in 
helping with the first canals were: Rufus W. Norton, The Owens 
brothers, John, Ephraim and Alfred Empey, Christian Anderson and 
probably many others who donated some time. 

John Empey supervised the construction of the Eagle Rock 
and Willow Creek canals. They extended from the Snake River to 
the natural channel of Willow Creek. He v/as superintendent from 
1895 to 1902, at which time they were merged into one stream know 
as the Progressive Canal. He continued superintendent until 
1908. He also helped with the construction of the first dam on 
the Snake River, 1901-1902, and was later put on board of 
directors from 1908-1913 and later appointed water master from 
1916-1922. 

James Heath was another who worked on the canals. He had 
the first homestead on Willow Creek. At the time of his death in 
1926, he was president of the Upper Snake River Protector Union 
Board. 

During the years 1934-35 he was the Reclamation Committee, 
visited all water storage sites. He had resided in this area for 
68 years, and devoteed his time to irrigation projects. 

Sand Creek irrigates 12 miles of canals from its various 
divisions, and irrigates 3,822 acres. This is from Haskins 
check. Hillside, West Center ditch. The east and west centers go 
dov/n through lona, and empty into Taylor Creek at the Ammon mill. 
Sand Creek travels on about a mile then Little Sand Creek comes 

out. 

Phineas Ball of Ammon was the first ditch rider for these 
diversions for many years. 

After the Eagle Rock and LWillow Creek canals were finished, 
and the Anderson canal, work was commenced on the Gardner or 
Hillside canals, which served the people of lona and Ammon. 



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The Hillside Canal ran along the toes of the foothills. It 
was begun in 1884-85. The method of construction was the old 
scoop scraper or MORMON SCRAPER, drawn by two horses. The 
blasting of rock was done by a sledge hammer or hand drill, a 
very difficult task. 

Some of those who worked on the Hillside canal were from 
pioneer families: Forbush, Dahlstrom, Olsen, Owens, Wards, 
Eastman, Heath, Anderson, Empey, Smith, Sellars and Dennings. Me 
John F. Shelley, founder of the city of Shelley, also worked on 
the canal . 

It is rumored that George P. Ward and Caldwal lender Ownes , 
dug the first ditch that later became the Hillside canal. 

Gardner Canal 
The Gardner canal is a branch of the Hillside canal and 
drives its name from three brothers of Gardners, George, Orval 
and Than. Thay had come to Ammon in 1901, surveyed that same 
year and commenced work the following spring. Than Gardner came 
later but helped dig the canal. 

They were assisted by the following: Joe Smith, George T. 
Waters, Joseph Crow, David Connell, W. H. Walker, Steven Walker, 
Lem Henderson, and Edward Everett. It was finished in the fall 
of 1905. The canal meanders along the foothills south fourteen 
miles, and empties into Henry Creek. 

Lorenzo Ward was water master about two years on the 

Willow Creek and Hillside canals. Andrew C. Anderson, and 

Christian Anderson helped on many canals. Christian Anderson was 

ir elected director of Farmers Progressive canal from 1903-1910. 

u.i> In 1913 he was made President, this position he held until his 

£S death in 193 4. 

^•^' James Denning did much work on the canals for lona and 

^P Ammon. The Progressive Irrigation District had 175 miles of 

;^5' canals in Bonneville and Jefferson Counties. It watered 32,000 

fro acres. Many more laterals have been built since these first ones 

with just as much pioneering and hard work as these first ones. 

There have been just as many hours of time donated but never 

have any done it with less equipment than the first ones without 

gloves and heavy clothing. 

IRRIGATION 
(Some stories taken from PIONEER IRRIGATION) by DUP of the Valley 

The Idaho Pioneers knew the great task that was before them 
when they acquired land. They were to claim their land by 
irrigation with water from the mighty Snake River, and its 
tributaries, yes, they knew it but were unafraid. With pick and 
shovel and a few other crude implements, they set about to divert 
the water upon the land they had chosen. It was a heroic 
effort, but was crowned with great success. 

The very first people found some subirrigated land they 
could water from near by streams. The later immigrants were nor 
this lucky. 

The advent of the railroad stimulated great imigration, 
hence more bench lands and those with less access to the streams 
had to find other ways. These pioneers were not financially able 
to invest in large canal building so, companies and corporations 



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constructed the necessary works. 

Ammon was near one of these streams but floods on the Sand 
Creeks had to be controlled, and were, by men from near by 
settlements, with the same problems pooled together and worked 
out many serious problems from Rexburg to Blackfoot, where the 
waters from the Snake and Blackfoot Rivers was obtained from 
their natural flow. 

The farmers in the valley had come to stay and made constant 
effort to improve lands, canals, homes and general surroundings. 

WILLOW CREEK, a large stream draining much of the snow and 
run off, from the mountains in Gray's Lake to Ririe, had it's 
banks strengthened and raised to hold the run-off. 

In 1895, the Anderson Canal was built, north of Idaho Falls, 
or Eagle Rock. Andrew Gunfer was the builder and constructor, 
and the Anderson Brothers helped, with financing as did others. 
The Smith brothers also assisted and probably others. It was 
called the SNAKE RIVER WATER COMPANY. 

The water was taken out 8 miles from Ririe on the Snake 
River, it joined the Willow Creek or Eagle Rock about two miles 
down, and was 28 miles long, and watered 6,380 acres. This 
emptied into the Snake River in Idaho Falls, norht of the LDS 
Temple. It made water for Bonneville County, it celebrated its 
50 year anniverary August 28, 1934, so must have been constructed 
in 1884. Since that time many canals have been channeled. One 
canal, three miles down was told about in the newspaper, when a 
Mr. Wheeler was the printer. He had published that all rights 
had been purchased from the Snake River. This was "THE GREAT 
FEEDER", the third one ever built along the Snake River, built in 
1900 - one of the largest in the United States. 

A man by the name of Rogent was the rock mason. Smith was 
the lawyer, W. W. Heath, Joseph Mul liner, Rufus Northon, 
Longhurst brothers, Rushstons brothers, Anderson brothers, from 
Ammon, Metcalf and Crowleys, and probably others not listed. 

In 1884, a single handed laborer could earn $3.00 a day if 
he took shares in the company. An excavation was 31 cent a yard, 
the materials, cement, gravel, etc. were 20 cent a yard. Those 
who worked on the 4 ft. deep cuts earned the most money per day, 
they had to clear brush, and this was $6.00 a day from off the 
right-of-way. This income was really needed by these early 
pioneers, as many of them could not afford gloves, and needed 
food for their families. 

The Anderson Dam one of the first three in the valley, 
across the Snake River, for irrigation was located at the head of 
the Anderson Canal, this was later called the Progressive Canal 
Company. It was 22 miles from South Fork, 2 miles up the river 
from Heise. 

Two miles ahead or below were the Rush Beds. This was forty 
acres of drifted wood, and willows, flooded each spring, making a 
waste, and obstruction only a moving gravel bar. 

When the canal was built the water level was very low, the 
lowest in years, a good year to work in the river. The dam was 
built at the upper head of the rush bars in twenty feet of loose 
gravel all under the debris. 

E. J. Hall, an experienced river man, had full authority and 

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use of the companies finances. This was against the opinion of 
many of the holders in the comopany. Lem Hall was called as 
foreman, with his father as overseer. He rode about in horse and 
cart. The river was 70 feet across with an average depth of 10 
feet. 

Round lumber was floated thirty miles down from Kel ley's 
Canyon, the plank also came from the Kelley's Canyon. The rock 
was quarried there and hauled five miles. All other material was 
freighted from Idaho Falls by team and wagon. 

The dam was built in sections or cribs as it was called, 
they were twenty feet wide, forty feet down, made to always have 
the rock show above the water. Only experienced men could be 
used as this work was very dangerous, for much of the work had to 
be done from row boats. 

A cribber was paid $6.00 a day and be very reliable. Many 
men were transferred to the quarry because of lack of knowledge. 

After the cribbage was made it was floated down stream, 
securely fastened to the cable across the river and slowly let 
down into the other cribbage. This took strong nerves and 
muscles. It took five men to ride them, two cables to each 
crib, two men to each cable, one man as life saver at all times 
with life boat. The cribbage and work could have no pour over as 
that would undermine the dam and cause a weak spot. All this was 
covered with three inch plank and front slope also covered to 
remove ice and debris. After all cables were in place, tons of 
gravel and cement were dumped into it until it was filled. 

In all the years of construction there was no deaths nor 
severe accidents. The dam took three years to construct. This 
dam has never had need of repair, but has served a great 
community. During the spring floods many of the barns and 
houses went over the top. It is without doubt that much of the 
water that in later years went to Ammon, went through the Great 
Feeder Canal into smaller channels below. 

by Lem Hall 

A cute and interesting story is entered here by the Bradfords 

THOMAS MORGAN 

The above was homesteader of 160 acres of land west of the 
Snake River. He wanted water on their garden and home so much. 
He made a water wheel, with large paddles that lifted the water 
in sort of buckets and dumped it into a ditch, through the ditch 
to their home and used for culinary purposes. Mr. Morgan also 
had a ferry, the only way to cross the river in 1900, near 
Lorenzo, where the first bridge was built several years later 
before 1915. Heise Hot Springs was in operation at this early 
time and many rode the ferry for recreation and fun. This water 
wheel was just below the River Dam on the Anderson Canal. He had 
traded a team of horses for the Ferry Boat. This ferry was not 
strong enough to stand the ice and winds. His health caused him 
to sell. 

About 1915 the Daniel Nelson ferry using planks, carried 
teams and wagons across and many teamsters who worked in Kelley's 
Canyon. 

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CANALS 

There has always been some disagreement about which dam was 
first, as there has been about the first canal but this article 
is by the Idaho Canal and Improvemnt Company and is listed as the 
first, in several writings. This i^s taken from the story of Lem 
J. Hall, one of the main constrution f oremans , and should be 
quite authentic. 

In the year 1900 a dam was built across the Snake River 
twelve miles north of Idaho Falls. This was constructed by the 
Idaho Canal Company, and Great Western. It was built by August 
Erickson and E. J. Hall. Both men had land and were farmers 
living under this Idaho Canal District. Mr. Hall his partner 
were depending upon water for this land. Hall had had years of 
experience in Michigan before coming to Idaho, these two made a 
good pair. They as all the other canal people had a task raising 
money to finance it. Lem was put in as foreman. The money was 
raised and work commenced. The foundation, or terrain at the 
site was solid lava rock, all the men had to be good swimmers, to 
handle the boats, cables and the job. 

July 15, the water level was low and work commenced, the old 
rock dam had to be removed. This was done by using a hoist and a 
crane on a boat. Then came the drillers who like the timber men 
worked in water up to their waist. Only shoes were worn, boots 
were to heavy. 

The length of dam was 944 feet, average height five feet. 
Anchor holes were made into solid lava bottom, and anchors placed 
in them, the first logs were ties like this. Drillers were in 
water up to their knees to do the drilling. Many got dizzy. 
There was about 18 inches of water near the bottom. When the log 
crew was done the rock men filled it with rock and plank was 
made. These planks were nailed down under four feet of 
water the dam was completed in about five months. 

Twelve years later a concrete dam was built behind the old 
dam, leaving the old one there as a tribute AS THE FIRST DAM TO 
SPAN THE SNAKE RIVER. 

This Idaho Canal Company operates and owns over three 
hundred miles of main canals and laterals. This information was 
published in 1955. 

This canal company gets its water from the Snake River 
from three large gates, located in three different places. 

Gate #1 - Is located four miles below the gate of the Great 
Feeder, and has a depth of seven feet of water. This is south 
east of Ririe. It has a capacity of 600 feet per second. It has 
sufficient water to reach thirty minor inches. 

Gate #2 - Is also known as BEAR ISLAND GATE, it too is on 
the Snake River, taken out about thirteen miles below the 
junction of the North Fork, and South Fork eight miles from Idaho 
Falls and runs toward the foothills. It has an East branch and a 
West branch. The East branch goes into the Blackfoot River, this 
divides near Idaho Falls, and is known as the Foot Hills branch, 
it follows the easternline of the valley and empties into the 
Blackfoot River. 

The other branch of this system which swings to the Shelley 
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Butte. It runs in a southwesterly direction supplying water at 
many places as far south as Basalt, where their canal THE CEDAR 
POINT empties into another canal that carries it to the Blackfoot 
River then to the mighty Snake River south of Blackfoot. 

Gate #3 - Called the Reservation Headgate. Located four 
miles north of Firth on the Snake River west of Shelley. It is 
thirty feet wide carries three feet of water. It irrigates miles 
between Firth and the Blackfoot River. Soon will be extended to 
the seeded portion of the Indian Reservation north of Pocatello. 
Surplus water runs eight miles through the Blackfoot River bed. 
Distributes into canals west of Wapello. 

IRRIGATION 

These thoughts were found in the PIONEER IRRIGATION about 
men from Ammon. Did you know that Sand Creek emptied into 
Taylor Creek fourteen miles south of the Ammon Hill. There were 
twelve miles of canals and the creek was used for eight miles. 

Phineas Ball was the ditch rider for many years. 

The Ammon men who worked on the canal were: Denning, W. W. 
Heath, Keifer, John, Alfred and Ephraim Empey, George and Orvall 
Crow, Than and George Gardner, and .George T. Waters, Smith, 
David Connell, W. H. Walker, Steven Walker, Christian and Joseph 
Anderson, James Heath, Alfred Raiscot, Lawrence Ricks, Lyle 
Anderson, R. Lee Fife, and George D. Hansen. 

James Denning of Ammon, was working with a Mr. Frew in 
trying to stop a leak with sand bags, each time the bag was put 
in the force of the water washed it out. "This will never do," 
shouted Jim, "some one has got to get into the water and hold 
those sacks, or we'll never get it stopped. ".... "The water is too 
swift", said Mr. Frew, "We can't do that". 

"The devil we can't," answered Denning, as he pealed off his 
coat and entered the icy water up to his neck. As fast as the 
bags were filled, with sand he dropped them into the water, and 
by standing on them held them down with his own weight. For one 
and one-half hours they worked strenuously, before anyone came to 
releive him. After Mr. Denning got out of the water he had to 
ride three miles to his home in Ammon. They were working on the 
Hillside Cana-1 at the time. 

Pioneer Irrgation by DUP 

GROVER, JAMES AND GEORGE F. HEATH 
In the Ammon census there is a Sage Heath, the others are 
mentioned in the book, "PIONEER IRRIGATION," who were around the 
area and in Eagle Rock real early. A James Heath is the 
earliest, came from Manti, Utah, in 1873 and took up the first 
homestead on Willow Creek, and that is a large area., it may be 
from Ririe to the Snake River. He had much to do with the 
Reclamation in the early stages of irrigation and during Governor 
Ben Ross Administration in 1934-35. In the first days in the 
valley, James knew what it was to wear buckskins for he spent 
sixty-eight years in the valley area. 



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In the Bingham Stake (1900 census) this information was found: 
Sage Heath (1900 census) Bingham 

Goldere (w) age 32 born Sept. 1867 

John (s) age 11 born Mar. 1889 

Adolph (s) age 8 -.. ., . born Mar. 1892 

William (s) age 6 born Mar. 1892 

Eugene (s) age 4 born May 1896 

All ages were at the time of the census were taken. 

All the older people of Ammon remember a Grover Heath, who 
lived south and east of Ammon Store, on the edge of the 
foothills. I believe in the place where Alson Anderson now 
resides. These Heaths were there for years, but we cannot 
connect with the others, although it is very evident that they 
were, at least we know they have been several Heaths who have 
helped in the settlement of the town of Ammon. 

IRVIN PEPPER AND FAMILY 1900 

1900 census of Ammon Township range 38, Bingham County 

Irvin Pepper age 31 born 111. 1869 

Maggie (w) age 38 born Can. 1862 

Stella (d) age 6 born Neb. 1893 

Irvin Jr. (s) age 2 born Ida. 1898 

Suzzie (d)Waite age 12 born 1888 

When I was a child this family lived one mile north, and one 

half mile east of the Kelley's store, just east of John Molens. 

We kids knew each other when we walked the distance to school, 

this was my first year in 1910. 

My folks were homesteading in Ozone, and all the winters 

until 1912 were spent in Ammon. After that time a school was 

built in Ozone. We had lived on this old Norton place before in 

1904, where I was born. 

My mother had read us the story of THE FIVE LITTE PEPPERS 

AND HOW THEY GREW when I met these Peppers I assumed this was 

those Peppers, as a child and into adult life when I passed that 

place this was my thought. 

compiler Miranda Stringham 

DANIEL DENNING ANS SARAH (WIFE) 



Children: Daniel, Clarence, Albert and Sarah (1900 census) 
Daniel was born April 1867 in Idaho. Sarah was born October 
1871 in Utah. (They came to Ammon and purchased the Joseph Lee 
farm in 1905, this was south of the Ammon village. There was a 
one roomed house on the place. This may have been where Daniel 
raised his family. It was near the Sand Dunes.) 

written in the life story of Joseph Lee 

PHILLIP DENNING AND MARY (WIFE) 

Phillip age 29 born Idaho 

Mary (w) age 27 born Utah 

Phillip (s) age 3 born Idaho 

Mary (d) age 8 months born Idaho 

FRANKLIN GARDNER FAMILY 
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came to Ammon in October of 1926, from Label le, Idaho to Lost 
River area, Leslie, Idaho where they stayed about a year. Then 
they came to Ammon with nine children. Four of Franklin 
Gardner's and Mary Jane Kay, who died leaving the four children 
and husband; namely: Hattie (died young) , Leornal (Partha 
Jacobson) , Ethel (Lafell Winn), Leora (died young), 2 of Effie 
Pearl Clements and Erastus Clark (div) children, namely Raymond 
(Nina May Crow) , Glen Aris (Elizabeth Roseland Saxton) , both 
boys having been sealed to Franklin and Effie Pearl. Then there 
were Franklin's and Effie children namely; Eva and Reva (twins, 
died as infants), Owen (Zelma Overdorf ) , Pearl (Joseph Orval 
Crow) , Earl (Josephine Jensen twins) . 

The Gardner family purchased a home of 2 acres from Al 
Owens in the Ammon Village. Later they bought a farm 4 miles 
east of Ammon in the Hog Holler (Pleasant View) area, joining 
Walter Crow's farm. Spending part of their time at the farm and 
the rest of the time in the village. 

On the farm they had cows, horses, chickens, a pig or two, 
always a large garden, and big orchard from which most of their 
food was derived, by canning and storing. 

There was no electricity on the farm and for lights, a 
kerosene wick lamp and lanterns were used. Washing was done by a 
hand driven, wooden washer or by hand, scrubbing on a wash board, 
and boiling the clothes in lye water to keep white and clean. 
Water was obtained from the Hillside Canal, for drinking, 
washing, cleaning, irrigating and swimming. Toilet facilities 
5 were "A room and a path" outside. 
uj>: While at the farm they lived in a log, dirt-covered, 2 room 
uj^ ^ house. They raised, beets, potatoes, hay and a little grain, 
c"^. ' Their children were most of the help they had on the farm, except 
J;:'^ when thrashing, the girls working along side of the boys in the 
i5> field. The neighbors helped back and forth when haying and 
£ck thrashing. 

* Franklin and Effie Pearl were faithful members of the Church 

of Jesus Christ of Later-Day-Saints, raised their family to be 
good, upright citizens and most of them faithful in their 
religious beliefs, all except three of their children were 
married in the Temple. 

In the later part of their life they lived in Ammon Village 
having turned the farm over to the boys. Franklin died April 3, 
1948. Effie Pearl died October 20, 1964, having spent 16 years 
as a widow, during that time spending tim.e doing work in the 
temple, going to church faithfuTPy,- helping fa:miTy ^'when th~eY' 
needed it, and in short living a good, full productive life. 
Pearl and Iris stayed in Ammon. The rest of the children 
moved else where. 

• by Iris Gardner 

GEORGE E. NIELSEN AND FAMILY by Ruby N. Empey 
In the spring of 1905 father, mother, ''and Xrvin came on the 

train to Idaho Falls from Hyrum, Utah. Father had purchased one 

hundred sixty acres and sold his home in Hyrum. 

A friend, Heber Jensen, met the train and took us to his 

home. We stayed one week until father, my brother^> William and 

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brother George came. They came in a box car with the furniture. 

The house we came to at Ammon was a two room log house, 
straw shed and a log chicken coop. 

This was quite a sacrifice for mother as she had moved out 
of a two story home in Hyrum with three room upstairs, three 
rooms down, two porches, a big barn and shed. As well as a 
chicken coop and shed. Grandfather Nielsen had built it for 
father and mother when they got married January 23, 1889. 

Near this big house in Hyrum was a shanty where mother would 
cook in the summer. The folks milked a lot of cows and sold 
milk. Mother would bundle us kids and take us out to milk with 
her . 

After father bought sheep we kids had to help herd them away 
from the wagons. He sold the sheep before moving to Idaho. 

Father and his brother also had an interest in an opera 
house. They would have dances and shows in it. 

When we arrived in Idaho the two rooms were not enough so 
fatlier put up a large tent by the house With' boards up to the 
square and a board floor. The boys slept in this until 1910 when 
he built a lovely brick house. Just before Edna was born, 
mother, the three boys and I went back to Hyrum and she was born 
there . 

We had been in Idaho five years of hardships of carrying 
water from neighbors wells or from the ditch and let it settle. 
Later father made a ditch run by the house. 

Father and his friend, Andrew Hansen, batched it the winter 
we were in Hyrum. 

The fall of 1906 the Haroldsen's (our cousins) moved to 
Idaho at St. Leon. We enjoyed them so much. Mother would make 
us a family bed on the kitchen floor. 

Later father dug us a well. At first we pumped it by hand, 
then we used a gas engine. Most of the people at Hog Holler 
(Pleasant View) would come and get their drinking water. 

Mother was very kind to all those neighbors and also to old 
bachelors from Hyrum that hung around waiting to eat. 

Mother made her own soap, smoked her own meat, and did all 
her own canning of fruits and vegetables. She also made her own 
starch from potatoes. 

Father built up the run dov;n farm by planting hay and grain. 
I drove the derrick horse when the hay was stacked, seven hundred 
ton of it. 

He raised many acres of beets and fed cattle in the winters 
from hay and beet pulp. 

After father died in 1922, the married boys switched to 
raising 'sheep. NeilSens have large summer pastures in the hills 
in several locations. 

SOPHIA FREDRICA HOLM N^LSEN 1905 
She was born at Hyrum, Utah, the daughter of John W. Holm 

and Anna Jensen. She was only six when her father was killed by 

a horse. Her mother married a man by the name of Andrew Jensen. 

Being a step-daughter was very difficult. 

The mother raised a few sheep that were sheared and the wool 

corded into yarn for the children's clothes. Sophia was given 



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schooling for three months from eggs she sold« The step-father 
stopped this. 

She began to work for others at age twelve for 35 cents a 
week. She worked very hard - mostly for people around Logan. 

In 1882 she and the Miller girls went to Idaho to wash 
dishes at a cafe at Eagle Rock, Idaho. She worked for George 
Goodwin. 

She quit and returned to Hyrum where she attended a 
Presbyterian school. She was sixteen years old and in the fourth 
grade. Becoming discouraged she quit and went to work = for a 
little more wages this time. Twelve dollars a month. 

In 1887 she went with her cousins and future husband, George 
C. Neilsen to cook for a railroad camp in Beaver Canyon. She 
also worked in Montana. George wanted to get married right away, 
but she persuaded him to wait until she had earned enough money 
for a trousseau. They were finally married January 23, 1889. 
Her folks had a large reception for her. 

George's father built a home for George and Sophia with 
money George had earned. Grandpa and grandma Nej-lsen were very 
good to them. The Neilsen' s worked in partnership. 

-■ ^eorgp_ afid Sophia-,s :;§hild^en were: r George /-.Wiiliam, Ruby,,- 
Irwin and Edna. 

They would get a load of peaches from Bingham City, and 
since this was their recreation, then the fam.ily would go fishing 
where George and William usually caught their share. 

As the partnership broke up, George went into the sheep 
business by himself. They moved to Idaho and a Mr. Euticken sold 
him one hundred sixty acres six miles east of Eagle Rock. They 
belonged to the Ammon Ward. 

The cattle, furniture, horses, chickens, all were put in a 
railroad box car and shipped from Hyrum to Idaho Falls. George 
and William rode in the same car. 

Work was something well known on the Neilsen farm. The 
father and mother both set an example of industriousness and 
doing work well. 

The N|j.lsens farmed a large garden with respberries, 
goosberries "and currant bushes, along with the regular fruits and 
vegetables. Every fall much corn was raised and cut from the cob 
to dry for the many farm hands and children to be fed. 

There were many trees on the farmstead and each spring and 
fall many leaves to be raked. It was Sophia's job to do this. 

In the winter quilts were made. Many were given to the farm 
hands and boys. Her religion was the way she treated her 
fellowmen, for she never took time to go to church nor to hold an 
office. She read the paper daily. Sophia was a widow from 1922 
to 1957 when she died at the age of ninety one years. 

., , IRVIN -WALTER NEILSEN - 

Irvin Walter Nielsefv, youngest of three brothers who became 
known as Nielsen brothers, was the fourth child of George 
Christian and Sophia Holm Nielsen. They also were the parents of 
two daughters. 

Irvin was born in Hyrum, Utah April 2, 1901. The family 
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160 acres in Ammon. During these growing years he was full of 
mishcief and fun but he also worked hard with his family. . .both 
farming and in the livestock business. 

He went to school in "Hog Holler' in a one • room school 
house . 

He met .. .wooed. .. .and married Melba Clift July 4, 1923. 
Melba was born in Heber City, Utah, May 4, 1907 and raised by her 
sister, Mrs. Richard (Pearl)Gough of Lincoln, Idaho. 

Their home was small but they soon filled it with five 
children. . .four daughters and one son: Ardella, Laura, Colleen, 
Donna and Irvin Jr. 

Hard work gradually paid off as Nielsen brothers expanded 
acquiring more ground and going into the sheep business. 

Irvin Sr. and Irvin Jr. have bought many of the old 
homesteads both in Yuker Valley, and on Peterson Hill. They own 
the Jack Sayer homestead on Wilow Creek, and many others between 
there and Pine Mountain. 

Irvin worked with the sheep in those early years. The 
family would move to the hills every sping during shearing time. 
Irvin moved sheep herds, branded and hauled wool to the valley. 
Melba cooked for the hired men, hauling water, washing on a 
board, and caring for her family. 

During lambing time in the spring the kids "Nielsen Brats" 
would feed "bum" lambs. The lambs were given "tongue-in-cheek" 
names: Greedy Garbo, Slickery Sam, Handsome Harry, etc. 

Irvin and Melba were hard working people talented and proud 
to live in the community of Ammon and as the community prospered 
so did they. 

The children graduated from Ammon High School and married: 
Mrs. Frank Christensen (Ardella), Mrs. Lloyd Richards (Laura), 
Mrs. Jared Wirkus (Colleen), Mrs. Miles Walbrecht (Donna) and 
Irvin Jr. married Wilma Horton and presented them with 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Their son, Irvin Jr., took over the operation of the farms. 

Irvin Sr., passed away August 23, 1958 and Melba died April 
8, 1978. 

submitted by Colleen Neilsen Wirkus 

. . CARL ADOLFUS HOLM 

Carl was the second son of Otto and Victoria Car Ison Holm. 
The parents came from Sweden to various places around the Snake 
River Valley before they settled south and east of Ammon on the 
farm where Dolph lives. 

Dolph attended elementary school and two years of high 
school at Ammon then he spent his third year at Moscow, majoring 
in agriculture. 

Dolph filled a mission for the LDS church to Holland in 
1926-29. After he returned home, he married Dora Cox of 
Jameston. Dora was the daughter of Nephi Cox and had her 
schooling around Shelley. She does beautiful ceramic work and is 
teaching classes at Ammon in 1979. 

Dolph has had six short missions. He and his wife served 
one mission in Palmyra, New York and assisted with the Pageant 
while there in 1966-68. They have also traveled to Sweden in 



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1962 and toured Europe while there. 

When Paul, his brother, was released from his mission in New 
Zealand, Dolph and Dora went down and toured that land, also they 
toured the Hawaiian Islands. 

Dolph does macrame, leather work, likes to hunt and fish and 
is a successful farmer of many acre. They are the parents of 
three children and have fourteen grandchildren. 

BINGHAM'S, ERASTUS, WILLIAM & PERRY by Will Bingham 

Erastus Bingham m.arried Laura Lords, daughter of William 
Lords. They came to Dewey Distict south of Ammon in the fall of 
1907. 

My father was born in Ogden and my mother in Pleasant Grove. 
They were married in the Logan Temple before it was entirely 
finished. 

I was born in a settlement for my grandfather was a 
polygamist. We moved to Tuscon, Arizona. My brothers and 
sisters were: William, Perry, Anna, Mae, Alfred and Earl. 

I remember driving to Arizona with two four hourse teams in 
covered wagons and when we ferried across the Colorado River the 
horses had to swim. I was only four years old but can remember 
how frightened my mother was about the Indians when they were on 
the war path. 

I started to school in Tuscon. We had to quit for father 
was moving to the River Road north of Idaho Falls. The house had 
a dirt roof and would leak. We were staying with Joe Lords. 

Later we moved to Lincoln by the Idaho Canal and were near 
Coltman and our neighbor was Neut Casper. 

From here we moved to Ammon in 1907. The sage brush had to 
be grubbed and removed from the land before we could farm it. 
Father would drag an iron rail over the brush then we would burn 
it. 

When I was eighteen years old I hired out to Joseph Empey. I 
had to do a man's work to get a man's pay, and I did. 

Joe had a threshing machine and Lundbergs helped operate it. 
I worked on this machine for twenty years and several years for 
my father. 

I had some years working for Inland Ice Company of Idaho 
Falls and learned to cut ice and sell it. They also delivered 
coal. The ice was cut from the river. 

Spent several years for Great Feeder on the drag line and 
Idaho Canal. Idaho Canal was 'twelve miles long. 'I dragged- "the 
dragline through Rexburg. 

The Hog Holler of Pleasant View people had lively dances and 
I was a young man who liked to dance. At one of these dances I 
met Vina Owen and courted her for about two years. We were 
married November 22, 1911 in the Salt Lake Temple. Our first 
home was a shanty on Owen's place. 

We homesteaded on Taylor Creek and Vina was there alone very 
much of the time, as I was away threshing. 

We had no children, and never adopted any. 

Vina had very poor health so we spent many winter in 
California. We stayed one summer and worked for Southern 
California Gas Company as a service truck operator and also read 



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meters. We stayed there one year. We came back to Idaho in 
1920. 

My wife worked in the laundry and I worked on the new 
hospital. Dr. H. Ray Hatch was promoting this project. 

Our dances in Ammon were held in the old Recreation Hall. We 
drove there in horse and buggy. Jim Empey was my pal. He 
married my cousin, Stella Lords. We nearly always went together, 
we four. We would go to Taylor and Shelley. 

The first pretty black horse I owned, I bought from Abe Day. 
Vina worked for him. The horse was a beauty and always was on 
the bit. ' 

John, Than, and LaVar Gardner made trips to the dances also. 

William and Perry both homesteaded. Perry stayed and bought 
forty acres from Norman Bingham. Father moved to town, I bought 
a home from Alfred Campbell on 13th and Higbee. 

I went into carpentry work with J. L. Grimmett in 1937. 

I withstood two bad depressions, 1919 and 1929-32. We built 
John Homers home and John Sharps. The Arrington home and we were 
two years building the senior high school on Holmes. 

The Retirement Home was my last job before I retired. 

Vina died December 5, 1972. I have been seven years alone 
in my comfortable ready built home on Midway in Ammon. 

JOSEPH CROW FAMILY 

In the spring of 1895, Joseph Crow and wife, Eliza Welchman 
moved from Nevada to Star Valley, Wyoming. They lived there one 
year and then moved to Ammon, Idaho in the spring of 1896 by the 
foothills five miles east and north of Ammon. 

They had 10 children: Walter Nev>7ton, married Margaret 
Vilate Allen, Ethel (Seth Waters), Lucinda (Owen King), Lucretia 
(died young), Benjamin Arthur (Esma Waters), Pendry (died young), 
Ettie Lewis Daniels (2nd Clayson Simmons), Jessie Hamilton (Iris 
Gardner), Adelia (Johnnie Nebel) and Nina May (Raymond Gardner). 

Joseph tore a log cabin down in Ammon and put it back 
together on the homestead 5 miles east and a little north of 
Ammon village. They had slabs on top with a dirt on it for 
roofing. The factory cloth was put inside and then painted. 
The floor was made of rough planks with many knots and holes in 
them. A small civic cat (a small skunk) crawled up one of the 
knot holes and when trying to get out got stuck and Benjamin shot 
it. The family had to move out for about a week because of the 
smel 1 . 

After building the house, Joseph helped build the Gardner 
canal from start to finish using a team of horses, and scrapper 
and donating his time. 

Times were hard for the Crow's at that time, not much to eat 
and very little money. 

After building the canal the Crow's found they had only 10 
acres in different pieces under the canal and accessible to 
water. With this small amount of land they started a truck garden 
business which sustained them all their lives. They raised all 
kind of vegetables and fruits, apples, dewberries, strawberries, 
plums and a little alfalfa for the cow. They also raised bum 
lambs (lambs that had lost their mothers). In the summer time the 



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children herded cows on the foothills. 

The children and father peddled the truck garden produce to 
the residents of Idaho Falls, for which many people depended on 
for their produce and food, in a little white topped buggy. 

Ben Ashdown owned property with a pasture of hogs and they 
called that area Hog Holler, (not a very pretty name). In this 
area the residence built a building which was used for dancing, 
school and Sunday school. 

Later a church house was built on a little knoll and the 
bishop said, "This is a pleasant view. So, they called that area 
Pleasant View from then on, and was no longer known as Hog 
Holler. It was a branch of the Ammon church, 

Joseph Crow played a violin very adeptly and he and Lydia 
Gates, wife of Freeman Gates supplied the music for dancing. 

For lights they used candles at night and otherwise the old 
kerosene wick, lamps and lanterns were used. Later, they 
purchased an Aladdin lamp with a mantle, which was a great 
improvement . 

For water, before the canal was built the Crow's and others 
had to haul water on a lizard, they called it , made of 2 logs 6 
inches wide and 8 feet long with planks on top, three feet wide 
and hauled water from the Hillside Canal, about a mile away. 
After the canal was built, the Crow's built cistern, a large hole 
in the ground and cemented on the sides with a removable top, in 
which they stored water for use when the canal was empty or 
frozen over. In the spring and fall it was filled by syphoning 
the water from the canal into the cistern. This was also, used 
as a cooler for food in the summer by hanging down in the cistern 
by ropes. Also in the winter many times blocks of ice were cut 
out of the canal and melted for use for washing and etc. Snow 
was melted too for bathing, washing and cleaning. 

The Crow's were a great help in the church in the little 
branch in Pleasant View. Eliza, and the girls contributed a lot 
to it. 

In 1912 a new and bigger church house was built in Ammon 
village and Pleasant View was incorporated in it and church was 
no longer held in Pleasant View area. 

Joseph slept outside in his younger life, and on account of 
exposure, lost mosr of the sight of his eyes; so he was 
practically blind all of his life. Because of the condition of 
his eyes much of the work was done by Eliza, a hard-working, 
capable, and loving mother, and help mate. 

The Crow's raised a big, and .good family. which have been a 
blessing to the community, and areas where they lived. Walter, 
Benjamin and Jesse have made their home in Ammon. Walter and 
Benjamin all their lives and Jesse and family the greater part of 
their lives. The other children moved to other places. Ettie, 
also lived in Ammon most of her life. 

Joseph died October 23, 1928 at home. Sarah Eliza died June 
25, 1941 at Idaho Falls. 

WALTER CROW AND FAMILY 
Walter was five years old, when his father, Joseph Crow, and 
his mother Sarah Eliza Welchman moved to Ammon. He helped his 



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his parents take care of their garden and fruit farm, supplying 
many of the grocery stores and families with produce in the Idaho 
Falls area during the summer and fall months. In the winter when 
he became older he would hunt coyotes for some money, selling 
their hides. 

He married Vilate Allen, an lona girl, on November 23, 1912 
in Idaho Falls, and lived on his father's place the remainder of 
that year. In the summer of 1913, he and his wife went to 
work for a saw mill operator, Spencer Covert at sheep mountain 
where he obtained lumber to build a house just north of his 
father's place in the year of 1914. 

Times were hard, water had to be hauled in the winter time. 
He worked in the summer for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, raising 
sugar beet seed, in the fall he would buy several sacks of flour, 
and few supplies and not be able to get work until the 
springtime. In the winter the few coyotes he could catch and sell 
their hides was part of the way that the "wolf was kept away." 

In 1926, the Crow's moved to a little farm about one mile 
west of his parents home in the Hog Holler (Pleasant View) area. 
There was no electricity or plumbing on this place. The farm was 
a 24 acre place, where the Crow's raised their family and eeked 
out a living. Six children were born to them: Joseph Orval 
(Pearl Gardner) , Erma Iretta (died when about 12 years old) , 
Juluis LaVerl (Ila Olavason) , Leland Avon (died at 3 years). Baby 
Allen (stillborn), Elma Naomi (Bill Brandon), Elsie Irene 
(Russell Owen), and Odetta (Dale Sessions). 

Besides farming Walter drove the school bus for 17 years, 
bringing children to the Ammon school. 

Life was not easy for them but conditions were better than 
for many earlier people. 

Walter started work at the Ammon cemetery in 1946 and worked 
until 1952. He kept the cemetery in such good shape, enjoying 
keeping it beautiful. 

In 1952 they sold the farm and moved to Ammon village. 

February 15, 1952 he also started working as custodian of 
the of the Ammon LDS church. He and his good wife took great 
pride in their work at the church and it always looked so clean 
and shining. 

They raised a family that have been a credit to the 
community, good, honest citizens. All members of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in good standing. All the 
children have been married in the temple except one. All 5 
living children live in the Idaho Falls area. Four of them in 
parts of Ammon, Joseph Orval, LaVerl, Elsie, and Odetta. 

Walter died April 6, 1975 at Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

Margaret Vilate died April 22, 1980 at Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

JOHN AND BELLE LORDS 
There were nine covered wagons in the caravan that left 
Vernal, Utah when John and his brother David, came to Idaho. 
David had just married Catherine Morel la. Behind each wagon was 
a trailer, filled with chickens, and small animals. They had 
eggs all the way. The young boys drove the cows, probably on 
foot. When the group stopped at Evanston, Wyoming, they came by 



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way of Bear Lake, they stopped here and cut ties for the 
railroad. Several of the older men were married so was glad to 
make a little income. 

It was in 1900 that the group came first to lona where they 
spent the first winter. The next winter was in Rexburg, Idaho. 
Later John and Belle moved to Dewey or Washington, below Ammon. 
This area was between Ammon and Taylor, but most of the people 
went to Ammon. Here they raised ten children who were not 
married. David's family settled elsewhere. The children are: 
Mary Ann, Ethel, Robenia, Saddie, (both died young), Robert, 
Howard, Cecil, Rita (Van Eppes) , Margaret, Lloyd, John (died in 
1930 and was buried in Ammom, he was 69 years old) » The family 
attended church in Ammon. Of the Lords families several married 
into the Bingham family who also were from near that area. 

JOSEPH CHARLES LORDS AND AGNES FRANCETTA COOK 
Many of this large family attended schools in Ammon and 
married Ammon companions. The children: Mary Francetta (Adams), 
Agnes Stella (Empey) , Ida Jane (Peterson) , Joseph Alvah, Melvin 
Edward, Delta Eliza (Beck) , born in Ammon, Iva (Stallings) , 
Leland, Sylvia Belle (Richardson) , Fontella (Luke) , James Merlin 
and Oral William. A remarkable twelve children who attended 
schools. 

GEORGE T. AND SETH WATERS 

There was not many homes on the foothills east of Ammon in 
1900, when George and his bride, Maria Ann Gates, the parents 
came there, and homesteaded. Seth, one of the older boys, met a 
pretty black-haired girl, Ethel Crow and married her. They have 
not always lived in Ammon but helped see it grow, as they 
attended many of the activities in the Hog Holler dance hall and 
school house. 

They raised a good family of eight children: Twins - Lina 
and Leo, Lamond, Eliza (Hess) , Floyd (died) , Velma, Warren, Max, 
and Derrald. 

Seth still lives in Shelley, a sister Marcia is 95 and still 
lives at Ucon. They have 10 great, great and the great to 
numerous to count. 

Seth remembers he attended first years of school in the 
basement of the Old Hall in Ammon, Miss Daw was a teacher as was 
Jesse Neilsen. He had all grades in one room, at Hog Holler. 
Lanny Neilsen was principal in Ammon. 

George Waters children: George Francis, Reuben, Sarah 
(Hammond) , Maria (Barzee) , Webster, Marcia Ann, Betty, Seth, Cora 
(Allen), Bill Henry, Frank, Paul, and Etta (Allen Gardner). 

HAROLD AND GRACE HAMMER 
Harold and Grace were from two different states, she from 
Missouri, and he from Woodville, Idaho. This was their birth 
places. They lived in various places but perhaps the longest 
time in Ammon. While here he operated a drag line for the 
Progressive Irrigation Company, working as a potato buyer during 
the winter. All the children attended and graduated from Ammon 
schools. Grace worked as registrar for years, and also worked 

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with the school lunch programs. 

The family loved camping, and fishing, and they would often 
go together. 

Harold worked and helped maintain the canals for years. 

The children were: Virginia (Messick) , Ceroid, Barbara 
(Whitehead) , Beverly (Streeper) , and Wayne (Orem) . 

The Hammers have moved away from Ammon since the children 
have all married. 

They have eighteen grand children. 

by Dorothy H. Judy 

GEORGE WATERS 

Came to Hog Holler or Pleasant View belonged to Ammon before 
1910. For in that year he filed on ground at Noon Creek, south 
of Ozone. George built a neat comfortable home and convenient 
buildings near a spring on Noon Creek. Over the spring was a 
house that kept milk and other food very cool. This area was 
called Noon Creek because so many woodhaulers would stop for 
dinner because of the shade and water and good camping place. 

After the Ozone Ward obtained a school and church in 1912, 
George Waters traded his irrigated farm in Ammon or Hog Holler 
for his sons homestead/ in the hills and there was a 

school wagon that hauled the children to and from Ozone. Later a 
school house was built at Rock Creek, to relieve over congestion. 

Before 1912 their children attended Hog Holler, some of the 
Waters still live in Ammon. Reuben. 

MARTIN AND HALLIE SIMMONS EMPEY 

Ephraim Empey was a man who believed in extended education. 
Several of his children attended Ricks College. Martin met 
Hallie Simmons there and married her. They lived in the house 
just west of the play grounds in Ammon, Aaron Judy bought the old 
Empey place. Martin and Hallie also had a homestead just over 
the top of Peterson Hill, where they dry-farmed. They lived in 
Ammon for the winters and sent their children to the school 
there. The Simmons girls were from Georgia. 

Children: Clinton, Garnet, Blanche, Wanda and Luvene. 

JAMES NEPHI SOUTHWICK by daughter, Ceretta S. Jones 
James, better known as Jim, was born May 29, 1854 and died 
January 2, 1938. He was born in StQ.f f erdshire , England. His 
parents, Edward and Mary Alexander Southwick, were converts to 
the LDS church. They were too poor for all to get to America., 
so they sent their oldest son, Edward to Utah with some saints. 
He was to earn enough money for the others to come. There is no 
record of how long it took, but my father, James was the youngest 
boy and he was eight years old when they came. He was born after 
Edward had gone to America. 

After leaving the boat, the passengers were assigned to 
Captain Hydes Company across the plains. His mother, Mary, 
became ill and died on the plains and was buried on the Platte 
River in Wyoming. The family arrived in the valley in 1862 and 
sometime later were sent to Lehi, Utah, thirty miles south of 
Salt Lake City. 



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My father, Jim, herded co ws , and lived with his only 
sister, Mary. His father did not live long in the valley, only 
about five years. 

My father worked in the timber and in the mines in Utah. On 
August 19, 18 74, he married Mary Ett. Norton in the Endowment 
House. They made their home in Lehi, Utah for fourteen years. 
They farmed and had sheep. 

In 1888 my parents came from Lehi to Idaho. They had lost 
three babies, one getting to the age of 18 months. 

They brought a team and wagon and two cows . One of the cows 
was weak and got stuck in a mud hole where they left her. 

The first winter in Idaho, we lived in an old log cabin on 
the Earl Cook farm. The next spring my father homesteaded 80 
acres across from the Ricks farm. Now owned by McDonalds. Later 
by his son, Leonard, later he moved to where Roy lives. 
The first winter, father built a one room log house. It did not 
have any board floor, only dirt. The next year he added another 
room and put rough board floors in each room. Mother took guney 
sacks and carpeted the room where the beds were holding it down 
by nails in the dirt. We were so proud of that log cabin. We 
planted trees and flowers. Some of the trees are still standing. 

Our first school house was logs - a large round stove stood 
in the middle of the room with a box of dirt so the children 
could warm their feet wi-chout falling on the stove. Our fire 
wood was sage brush. My father had helped get out the logs for 
the school house and helped build it. He was one of the first 
trustees of the school. All of us worked hard pulling sage 
brush, they were strong and tall denoting good soil underneath. 
We kids would have bon-fires at night from the brush pulled in 
the day time. That was our recreation to play "Relievo "0" or 
"Run Sheepy Run". 

I don't believe we were ever really starved, bur many days 
we lived on mush from bran. We could never have any sugar on our 
mush. Somehow we grew up and were happy. I had a wonderful 
mother, no matter how discouraging things were, she always made 
things look bright for her children. 

In the fall of the year, peddlers came through selling 
dry-goods. Father would buy a bolt of the material so the boys 
and girls dresses and shirts were made from the same bolt of 
cloth. 

Father helped build the canals, the school and churches. He 
had thirteen children. His wife died in 1919 after a gallstone 
operation. It seemed he could not get over grieving for her. 
But three years after her death, he married Matilla Nielsen, she 
being alone. They were a great comfort to each other. 

Father died January 2, 1938 after an illness of six weeks. 
He had lived a long, useful life of 84 years. I can imagine what 
a wonderful reunion he will have when he meets his wife, 
children, father and mother. 

ALFRED LEROY SOUTHWICK 
Born February 18, 1887. Married Permelia B. Losser February 
12, 1907. Four Children: Glen married Gladys Porter from Ashton, 
2 children. Melba married Parley Field of Ammon, J" children. 

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Gail, married Evertt Clegg of Clark, Idaho, five children. Roy 
L. married Doris Jennings from Idaho Falls, five children. 
Ceretta married Jack Jones, they lived in a little house south of 
the old farm and homesteaded in Ammon. Jack was a handy man and 
sold lava wood from the rocks and hauled wood and wool from the 
hills. Jack and Ceretta had several children. 

ELIAS W. GARDNER AND ELLEN ELIZABETH ABBOTT Gardner Canal 

The Garnders were real early residents of Ammon. They lived 
in Utah until 1901. Elias died and the widow, Ellen, and her 
three younger children that were not married, Ira, Joshua and a 
girl named Martha, came to Ammon and filed on a homestead one 
mile east and one and a half miles south of Kelley's Store in 
Ammon. The children went to Dewey Elementary School. 

Elias Jr., John, George and Orinell were the older boys and 
did not come to Idaho until 1907, as they were married. 

Elias Jr. was the father of Clyde Gardner and Ellen 
Elizabeth was his mother. 

The filing on land and water was done in Blackfoot, the 
County Seat of Bingham county, for that was where the canal was. 

In the spring of 1902, construction began. Than and George, 
the other brother came later. This branch of the Hillside Canal 
ran along the foothills fourteen miles and emptied into the Henry 
Creek . 

The Gardner Brothers were assisted by Joe Smith, Joseph 
Crow, George Waters, David Connell, Al Connell, W. H. Walker, 
Stephen Walker, and Edward Everett. 

It took five years to build the canal with horses, hand 
plows and slip scraper. John, the oldest son came after the 
mother homesteaded. Orwell sold 160 acres to Burgles in 1920, 
and moved to Shelley, then to Lost River in 1924. 

Joshua and Ira were across the road from J. J. Field, John 
was sourh of the Fields. Than was 1/2 mile west. A. C. Anderson 
was on the west. Johnny Fowler was north of Fields in 1905. All 
the farms were 160 acres. 

Volmers bought some of Gardners land traded to Guy Empey, 
who was east. They just traded places. 

FRANK GARDNER by Pearl Crow 

Frank married Effie Pearl Clements, he had married a mother, 
then two daughters of the same family. Frank and family came to 
Ammon from Teton Basin about 1926-1927. Pearl said she came and 
stayed with her Grandma Clements before moving to Ammon. This 
Grandma Clements lived in the newest corner of Ammon townsite. 

Between the father and the three mothers, (not all at one 
time), there were fourteen children. All were married in the 
temple. 

Orval and Pearl have lived in Ammon all of their lives, 
except for five years. Pearl has been a beautician for years, she 
has her shop in her home in Ammon. Orval works for wages. 

Orval 's parents, the Crows, lived on a farm four miles east 
of Ammon in the settlement that once was Pleasant View (Hog 
Holler). They helped build a comfortable home, canals, ditches 
and lived near the Gardners there. 



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TUNIS STAPLES MARRIED RUTHELLE GARDNER 
In the 1900-1930 census was found a Carl and Claud Staples. 
They could have been the sons of Tunis Staples, who lived there 
years ago and who married Ruthelle Gardner of Ammon. 

by a grandson, Donovan Staples 



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AZER EUGENE EMPEY 

Azer was the third son of John and Almiera N. Empey. He 
was born April 2, 1892 in a two room log house which his father 
had built on their homestead, one mile east of Ammon. Rosanna 
Denning was the mid-wife who brought him into this world. 

Azer attended schools in a six room school in Ammon, Floy B. 
Swank was his first teacher. Lanny Neilsen graduated him, May 
20, 1910. 

His father was a counselor to Bishop Christian Anderson, for 
a time. 

He spent all his boyhood with his father and his sheep, both 
in the valley and on summer grazing. 

He attended Ricks Academy for two years. While there play 
basketball and football. 

Azer filled a mission to the northern states from 1914-1916. 
The first place was Peoria, Illinois. While there was 
privileged to see a cyclone which twisted the trees off, and 
moved houses off their foundations. Released January 24, 1916. 
In 1918 was called into the service, went first to Camp Lewis, 
Washington, ten days to California then was sent overseas. Was 
sent to England, where he had all kinds of buddies, some of who 
always wanted to fight. 

Went on ship to La Harve, France, and while crossing was 
chased by some German subs. Had more training in a little town 
in France. From there to the battle of the Argonne. We went in 
with 250 men and came out with 87. The battle lasted 14 days. 
One time while carrying a message to the colonel, I found eight 
bullet holes in my coat. I thanked the Lord I was still alive. 
From Argonne the soldiers walked all day and night, when we were 
picked up by pick-up trucks. We were taken to Metz , to help 
gain it back, but, the Armistice was signed in November 11, 1918. 
This saved our lives. 

We were sent to a town of Pegney Lahyte, where we stayed 
until out discharge. We sailed home on the Princess Irene. 

After returning home, went back to helping my dad with the 
sheep. I also was a Revenue officer during the prohibition days. 
We were looking for moonshiners in the mountains, as we had been 
tipped about a little "still" I spotted a car, and saw the man 
who operated the "still", running, I took him in and the other 
fellows got the rest of the bunch. 

Later I bought 52 acres of ground from my dad in 1923, as I 
had found me a girl. Ruby Neilsen and I were married in July 14, 
1927. After the honeymoon we settled down on the little farm. 

The first years were hard ones, as we were still feeling the 
depression. Had two sons born, one in July 1937, died right 
after birth, in 1939 had another son, we named him Paul. 

In 1944, my mother died, we acquired more land. The 
mountains have always had an appeal for me. After Paul was old 
enough he went with me to the hills and fishing. Paul filled a 
mission in 1951, to England. Returned in 1953. The two of us 
worked on the farm together. That fall I became very sick, and 



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was unable to work much after that. 

Paul married Jeanine Borg in the Idaho Falls 
learned to love her like our own daughter. I was so 
go with them to be married. 

Azer was taken to the hospital with a heart attack, 
some but died October 30, 1954. He and Ruby were buried 
Ammon Cemetery. 

Azer loved children and his life was the fullest when he had 
them on his knees. He was a great story teller, of things he had 
seen and done. 

Paul said, "Dad was my best pal, I shall 
happy times we had spent together on the farm 
fishing. " 

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RUBY NEILSEN 

I, Ruby was the third child in the large family of George 
Sophia Holm Neilsen. Hyrum was my birth place, the mid-wife 

I was born in was new, built by my 
C. Neilsen. He acquired the trade of 
My mothers people the Holms were also from 
were converts from Denmark and came to 
same ship. Both families brought their 
families across the plains. 

My father was eight years old and walked most the way across 
the plains. These Danish people were hard workers, and frugile 
in eating and raise what they ate. My mother's people were quite 
well to do after they were here sometime. They also had some 
money when they left Denmark. 

My father and his brother farmed together, they also had 
sheep which was a worry. 

In 1905, my parents wanted to expand for their sons so we 
moved to Aramon, Idaho, bought 160 acre farm. The men folk rode 
on the box car of the train that brought all our possessions, and 
mother, Ervin and I rode on the passenger train. 

At first the boys slept in a tent house, in 1908 father 
built a six room home. I had to herd the cows back on the 
foothills, east of our home. I would take my crocheting with me 
and do it while the cows ate. All of us kids had to work in the 
spuds and beets and help raise gardens. 

My first school was in a log cabin, on the hillside near 
the farm, later went to Ammon, where there was a six room 
building of brick. The 8th grade was my limit, mother said girls 
do not have to have more than that. I had a few organ lessons 
while we could, from a lady, Mrs. Milbor in Lincoln, father made 
a fuss about me using the horse so I had to quit. 

We had the privilege to visit Nauvoo and Carthage and the 
jail where the Prophet was kept so long. We ate supper in 
Carthage. The next day we visited Independence and Adam-Ah 
Diamon. We saw where Adam had built the alter. Then I went to 
Denver to pack my things to go home, rode on the train with an 
Elder Warner to Salt Lake City. Mother and Edna met me in Idaho 
Falls at the train, so good to be home but I missed the 
missionary schedule of study, tracting and meetings. 



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When I arrived home the Relief Society gave me a beautiful 
flower, I was the third lady missionary from Ammon. Since then 
I have held most every position a lady can hold, in all the 
auxilaries. Was a visting teacher for many years. Forty-seven 
years of service. 

Azer and I started going together, was married to him July 
14, 1927, in the Logan Temple. The young people shivereed us 
then we had a big supper at Empey's. Azer has told how we bought 
land. 

Our first sone died at birth. In two years we had another, 
and named him Paul Eugine, the first son was named Azer Ervin. 
Paul did lots of Empey research while in England on his mission. 

We dearly loved the little Jeanine Borg that Paul married. 
It was so much fun for grandma to take clothes to the little 
grandchildren. They were married in July 30, 1954. That coming 
October Azer died with a heart attack. 

After this happened, I built a new brick house in Ammon 
townsite and Paul and family live where I lived. I enjoy my nice 
new home on 3275 Central Avenue. I've always lived near Paul and 
their children. I spend my holidays with them. I like to make 
the fruit salad and creamed beans and help with the dishes. 

The Borgs, Jeanine 's folks, are usually there also. I love 
my grand children very much. I like to buy dresses for the girls 
and pants for the boys. 

On Halloween there are popcorn balls to make for the grand 
children. We like to include the neighbor children also. 
Sometime we have over 100 children to make Halloween for. 

I'm so happy with my five grandchildren. I can help tend 
the other children when a new baby comes. 

Ruby's Own History 

This added by Jeanine, the last two paragraphs 

About the fifth of June 1974, Grandma was housecleaning, for 
Majorie was coming. John was helping her wash windows, she had a 
stroke. The paramedics came and took her to the hospital. 

Ruby died July 5, 1974. She had written her own history and 
her grand daughter, Susan, typed it for her. 

by Jeanine Empey 



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BRYANT STRINGHAM AND AMMON 

On the morning of August 15, 1918, the squash were frozen in 
the gardens from the night before, as my mother, Olive Stringham 
Jones, and myself, I was seventeen years old at the time. We 
drove in an old model T Ford form Holden, Utah. We were enroute 
to the Spencer Williams at Sellars Creek that my parents Dave and 
Olive, had just purchased. 

We drove out First Street to Ammon to the Lincoln Road, then 
we turned right and drove straight south two miles of Ammon, our 
first time ever in the town. We turned straight east of John 
Empey's corner, on east to the Sand Hill, the old road went 
through there, not as today. 

We turned south up Peterson Hill, through the then thriving 
town of Ozone, then to Bone, our Post Office to be. From the 
Post Office we were told to go five miles on south and take a 
left road, to Glenore, our newly acquired home. Dad Jones had 
came previously and was there to meet us. 

The last several miles before getting to Bone we were 
getting low on gas. We inquired at Bone there was no pump there. 
So with a gallon can we filled our car from a large barrell 
tipped on its side with a shut-off spout. We filled up and went 
on our way. 

My mother had sold her holdings in Holden, after she married 
David Jones and he had sold his and they pooled it and bought the 
480 acre on Sellars Creek from Spencer Williams. David had two 
; girls and a boy, Olive had two boys and a girl unmarried. 

After arriving and inquiring about, we discovered that 

ix ' Glenore and Bone were within the area of Ozone Latter-Day-Saints 

a>v ward, and precinct. They had a full fledged ward at Ozone, 

£^c ball-park, recreation hall and was a real lively place. Lots of 

Q^-c: dances, ball games and ski parties in the winter. 

';^^z They also had weekly dances at Bone, a smaller house. Our 

g>> parents would go with us as it took every one to have a crowd, 
Son: and we wanted to get acquainted. 

Lewis Campbell had been seeing my sister Bernice and had 
made a date with her to attend a basket dance at Ozone, and he 
came and took her in a buggy and team. I decided to go down 
later on my saddle horse. He had taken my suit case in the 
buggy. 

This was in 1920 at the close of the school year. There was 
a big program and dance. While changing my clothes, at the 
Campbell home, Miranda's mother had shown me her basket, so when 
the auction started I started bidding. Her boy friend bid a 
against me, I was the highest bidder, so was best man the rest of 
the night. Her boy friend became angry and left the hall. When 
Miranda wasn't helping play the piano, I had a chance to dance 
with her. The romance began, her older brother's were helping 
promote it. She had been chosen champion speller of the school 
and was required to go to the Bonneville County spelling contest 
in Idaho Falls, the next day, I was voted and willing to be her 
escort. Neither of us spoke much, she came out third in the 
county. 

Until another LDS ward and community was made at Dehlin, 
eight miles east of Ozone. All stake meetings were held in Idaho 

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Falls and we all drove through the town of Ammon to get there. 

Every Sunday in order to see my girl I had to go to church. 
She was secretary of Sunday school and encouraged me to get 
reactivated, as I had not been for years. None of my family 
were active, but the Ward Teacher soon had them going. 

Miranda and I went steady all summer, we had many enjoyable 
times horseback riding, fishing, and attending the active church 
entertainments. The bishopric interviewed my parents and asked 
them if they would support a missionary. They agreed to do so. 

October 4, 1920 I left the Ozone Ward for a mission in 
Western States. Clark Judy, the bishop's son, was called the 
same time. Miranda left for school the same time, in Idaho 
Falls. We corresponded the two years, her other years were in 
Utah. We were married in Salt Lake Temple June 6, 1923. That 
first winter we lived in Ammon. 

After we were married we came immediately to the A. J. 
Stanger ranch on Willow Creek south of Bone Post Office. We 
spent our first summer there helping A. J. with his dairy herd 
and operating the 1,000 acres under cultivation. All the 
culinary water was drawn from a deep well by a huge 
windmill. After the crops were harvested, we moved to Ammon, 
where we worked in the Elevator with the grain. My 
brother-in-law, Ervin Campbell operated the mill. 

We lived in a little white house across from Hammer's 
corner, one mile north of Ammon. We worked for the Neilsen 
Brothers feeding cattle. In the spring we moved back to the 
ranch at Sellar's Creek where my step-dad needed help with the 
480 acres. 

The day our first son was born, Bryce, on June 22, 1925, 
in the LDS Hospital in Idaho Falls, Dad Jones made a down 
payment for us on the old Alonzo Hunter place on Seventy 
Creek, nine miles south of Glenore, or the old ranch. They were 
living on the ranch and helping, at the time, I also 
continued to help Stanger when he needed me. 

Miranda boarded school teachers as did mother Jones after 
they left, for many years. Miss Christensen, Miss Womack, Miss 
Clark and others. 

Our second son, Forrest, was born on Bryces second birthday 
two years later, June 22, 1927, with Mother Jones, the midwife, 
the only doctor and nurse. 

I carried mail from Bone to Idaho Falls for four years, 
with Miranda as assistant, when the boys were threshing, as me 
and my brother Platte purchased a tractor and thresher, really a 
White Elephant. 

Each fall and spring we moved, on Rockwoods at Bone in 
winters, and back to the ranch at Seventy Creek, for summers. I 
started with the mail contract in 1926-30. We had wintered in 
on the Seventy Ranch that winter before, this was a daring step 
to take but we were God-fearing people. Our mid-wife doctor 
stayed with us and delivered the baby. Born April 2, 1931. 
I had raised plenty of oats hay and alfalfa to feed the 
cattle and sheep. That winter of 31-32, we spent at the 
Sellar's Creek Ranch, boarding teacher again. In January, 
Miranda, almost died with gall stones. I and a neighbor moved 

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her to the Idaho Falls hospital with four head of horses on a 
sleigh. Floreine was only ten months old. t-^a^tt. ]^^y -j_j^ ^^le 
hospital for 30 days under careful watch, packed in ice. After 
ten days of pumps and drains they operated and she returned back 
to the ranch in February. This frightened me, so I gave up 
the holding in the hills and moved to Shelley in March of 1932, 
then to Ammon renting farms, mostly run down ones, for ten years. 
The years we moved to Ammon, we rented and had great 
losses, took many of our sheep and cattle to pay cash rent. In 
1934, we bought an acre of pasture in Ammon townsite and built 
a basement home. I worked for wages, for Telfords, and Anderson 
Brothers, being required to stay with the sheep where I fed, 
I had dug an excavation for a basement house and my 
brother-in-law. Alfred Campbell, a carpenter poured the cement 
and did the finishing for us. 

In 1938, we started renting farms again, moved to 
Shelley, and rented the Ammon place to Wilford Hohanson, who late 
bought it when we purchased a farm in 1942 in Riverview 
area, west of Firth, where we reside today. 

All the family have been real active all their lives, in the 
community and church. Bryce is retiring from Union Pacific , 
lives in Ogden, Utah, after thirty years with them. Forrest was 
a bishop in Basalt five years, works with refrigeration and 
milkers, lives in Mona, Utah. Floreine and hubby own stores in 
Shelley, where she is manager and bookkeeper. 

All have raised lovely families. Miranda and I are retired 
but still busy. 
g~ Miranda has written three books, was accepted in 1977 as an 

iij>:t Idaho Author. 

uj^c by Bryant Stringham 

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o>> Charles -came from Kentucky and Joanna from West Virginia. 
£oa She had been married before she met Charles to a Mr. John R. 
' Wright. Charles and Joanna had a daughter named Mary. After the 

Martins came to Idaho they bought the Connor place out on 1st 

Street. 

JAMES AND MATILDA ADAMS 
These Adams may have been the ones who lived on Seventh 
Street in the early days. Today they would be in another ward or 
area, than Ammon. 

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The following are people who cannot be identified, they have 
possibly moved to other localities and left no record. Their 
names were found on 1900 census: 

Martin and Mary Nelson, Elic and Anna Nelson, Layfayette and 
Gertrude Pierce, George and Mary Pallison, from Denmark, Rastmus 
and Martha Nelson, Denmark, Christiansen and Catherine Frolse, 
from Denmark, James and Sarah Rawson, Horace Rawson- Utah and 
Walter Love, Iowa. 



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PHILIP AND MARY ANN ASHDOWN DENNING 

Philip married Mary Ann Ashdown, a sister to Perry, and a 
relative to the Ellingfords. They came to Idaho with the early 
ones. They made their home in or near Ammon most of the school 
years of the families. The children are: Warren, Mary Ann, 
Irene, Zoria, and Carol. 

Warren, the first son, married Bertie, they have lived all 
their lives until recently in Ammon, the children were all in 
school there and high school. The boys, Paul and Warren and Ed 
were very popular and active in school activities. 

Warren worked for the county making roads and upkeep. 
Warren and Bertie had eight children: Warren Jr., Ed, Ray, Beth, 
Bill, Carl, Paul, Don and Alice, all children were born in Idaho. 

Bertie died in 1982, and her husband Warren lives in a 
trailer across the steet for his son, Warren, at Grant, Idaho. 
Warren Sr. is 87, and is in fair health. 

OTHER FAMILITES UNKNOWN FROM CENSUS 
Seander Miller from Pennsylvania, Addie Jacobs and Goldie 
Jacobs neices to Miller, from Iowa and Oregon. Alma Miller and 
Rose Madeleine, with Rose, Zitlaw, (Servant) Miller. 

CANUTE , PETERSON 
Canute Peterson was quite a prominent man around Ammon, he 
came there from Ephriam, Utah real early exact year not known, he 
brought some family with him because his son Anton, married Pearl 
Empey in 1910. Through having good salesman ship, he helped 
promote many worth while projects in Ammon. One of them was 
being the third man to own the Ammon store, the Old Ammon Merc, 
over on Central Avenue. It was operataed first by Ernest Ricks, 
then by Kingston, then Canute operated it before Leo Neilsen, 
purchased it and opertated it for many years, ^f a, built the new 
brick store where Kelley's Market is, then sold' it to Leonard 

Canute and his sons, Anton and Paul, home steaded north and 
east of Petersen Hill, near the springs at Last Chance, neighbors 
to the Molen and Ricks families. Anton and Pearl attended church 
at Ozone, Pearl was organist in Sunday School for a time. Paul 
was killed in World War I so never married. 

This Peterson Hill was so named beacause there was a 
Peterson on the north, Anton Petersen near the middle of the 
summit, and Little Pete Petersen at the head of the canyon on the 
south, not related to each other. 

Canute Petersen helped get the electricity into the Ammon 

townsite. His wife's name was , they had six children: 

Hilda, Daisie, Canute Jr., Paul, Anton and Cliff. These 
children attended school in Ammon. 

Petersen's built the brick house where Rose Owen lived near 
the old Ammon Merc, just south of the church a few houses. This 
was probably their winter home as they spent much of summer in 
the hills. 

WILLIAM STODDARD 
William was a veteran of the Civil War and through some 



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mishap had lost a leg,. He was nick-named peg-leg because of the 
wooden limb he carried. 

His wife's name was Nettie. They had a small house of the 
Rosen place before the Rosens built on. This was on part of the 
Dan Owen's place. Stoddards son married Bill Owen's daughter. 
They later moved over on Central Avenue, in a little house now 
torn down. He died and the others moved, so no record. 

JOSEPH A. TAYLOR AND WIFE EVA ARAVE 
Joseph once lived in the place where the Jordons now live, 
he sold out and moved down closer to Taylor. He and his son, 
Chester, were in together in a business, they went to the Taylor 
ward. Chester's wife was Lenna. In the census is given the 
names of five children: Florence, Chester, Sana, Seneland and 
Grace . 

Joseph came from Iowa, and his wife Eva from Maine. The 
children were all born in Utah and Idaho. Joseph and Eva were 
real young when the 1900-1930 census was taken, Joseph was 29 and 
Eva was 26. All the children were under eight years. 



CHARLES AND VESTA KINGSTON 

The Kingstons lived on the west side of Ammon for several 
winters, as their summers were spent in the hills on Henry Creek. 
The children attended the Ammon schools. 

Vesta and Charles planted a large plot of raspberries, 
possibly one-half acre, on their homestead in the hills. They 
were situated near the creek where he could make a dam and put 
water on them, from this mountian stream. They grew delicious 
berries, people came from all over the country to pick on shares. 
Many often purch^^sed their shares. 

I, Miranda, worked for the Kingston's after a baby was born 
to them. I was a girl of fourteen but old enough to cook with 
the help of the family, and to tend the children and pick and 
help measure the berries. This was back in 1914 or there about. 
I earned enough to pay for my mothers berries and pen money as 
she and my brothers would drive over from Ozone in a white topped 
buggy and pick from day-light 'til noon, rest a few hours then 
pick in the cool of the evening again. If anyone has picked 
berries they know it is in the hottest part of the summer they 
are the best. 

The winters were always in Ammon during school months. The 
children were: Eldon, Arduous, Artell., Arlene, I believe the 
baby was Arlene, I'm not sure. The Kingston's left Ammon and the 
country and moved to Southern Utah. 

CHARLES AND MARY P. TUCKER KINGSTON 
The Kinston's came to Ammon about 1904, Henry was born in 
1898, there was eleven children from this union: Charley, Hazel, 
Florence, Bessie (twins), Richard, Estelle, Lillian, Clarence, 
Mary, Luella, Priscilla. All attended the Ammon schcols, and 
were around until their marriages. Clarence and Mary are the 
only living members, in 1983. 



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FRANKLIN RITTER AND LILLIE LA FLORA BLATTER 3RD 

Franklin and his brother Willis were born in BAVARIA, now 

Germany. The Blatter 's of Ammon were early converts to the LDS 

church and in^/i^enced the Ritters to come to America. Frank and 

Lillie were in Illinois i -n 1902. They came on the train to 

Blackfoot and the Blatters met them there. They settled in Ammon 

and helped, and were helped, by the three brother's of Blatters 

who had come before. 

Franklin and Lillie had eight children: Florence, married 

William Winder, Katie, Lillie (died young), Laura (Guy Winder), 

Flora E. (Wilford Butler), Lucy and Mary (died), Irene J. (Lloyd 

Griffin) , Harvey ( Iris Cleveland) , Dorotha (Ed Hourlton) and 

Robert Harold Ritter (Irene Snarr) . Several lived around the 

valley and in Idaho Falls and some buried there. 

by Irene and Robert Ritter 

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The Ritters lived one mile north and one-half mile west of 
Ammon on what is now 17th Street. 

A little incident happened on the day of the ARMISTICE of 
World War I was signed, November 11, 1918, in front of the Ritter 
home. 'My father, David C. Campbell and Hans Carlson and myself 
v/ere riding in a little black topped buggy from Idaho Falls 
toward the hills to the east where we lived at Ozone. Hans had 
that day been in Idaho Falls and been a naturalized citizen of 
the United States of America. My father and I were his 
witnesses. I was fourteen, Hans had just five years previous 
came from Sweden. To prove up on his homestead he had to be an 
American Citizen. 

We had just left Idaho Flls minutes before when all the 
bells, whistles and horns were celebrating the great event of the 
Armistice. Hans had been feeling real merry as he bought a 
little bottle and put it in his pocket. He had offered my father 
who refused the drink, and as he lifted it to his lips, a little 
dog, slipped out of the Ritters place and frightened the horses 
who sprang side ways and tipped the buggy into the barrow pit, 
throwing me who was sitting on the side out and onto the outer 
bank of barrow pit, cutting my leg and frightened me to the 
stage of shock. The horses broke the double trees away from the 
rig and ran straight east when a man caught them by the reins. 
My father took me into the Ritter home and a very gracious lady, 
bound up my injury. Possibly Mrs. Ritter, Lillie Ritter. 

With some barbed wire our double trees were repaired and we 
continued our journey home to Ozone. My father was not a drinking 
man and he said, "There must had been spirits in that bottle." I 
think Hans was just doing it to celebrate, the end of the war. 
Everytime I passed that place I knew the Ritters were generous 
people and in a few years they had moved away. But I was happy 
to talk to their son and wife, while researching for this 
history. 



■compiler - Miranda C. Stringham 



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JOSEPH FARNSWORTH AND AGNUS 

The following found in census of 1900: The Farnsworth 
family were from Idaho, she from Alabama. Joseph was thirty at 
time of the 1900 census. They had a daughter, Cordelia, then 
three boys, Arthur, Elwin and Gusy. The people in Ammon remember 
a Gusy FArnsworth in Ammon school, possibly this one. The 
Farnsworth farm was purchased by Parley Hansen, it is two miles 
east, and one-half mile north of Ammon townsite. Harvey Olsen 
bought two acres a family from California bought the other and 
remodeled the house. 

The senior Hansen's, Parley and Snobia, passed away and 
Keith operated the farm until he moved into Ammon Townsite. He 
and his sister, Arlene, lived near the old home of parents. 

Philo Farnsworth of Ucon could have been one of the 
relatives, the inventor of T. V. 

BENJAMIN FARNSWORTH 
No wife was mentioned, and the dates and ages of two men: 
Benjamin age 28 born in Utah, No Name age 20 born in Utah 
These men could have been the brothers of Joseph. 

CHARLES, ABRAHAM, AND CALVIN ZITTING listed in 1930 census 

Probably Abraham was the father, didn't say. Charles came 
from Wales, all were living in Ammon when the children were in 
school. Ellen was Charles wife, they came as helpers in 1882. 

Sizzie Waite was Ellen's daughter born in 1888 in Nebraska 
or New York. Little is known except from the census. 

There were many Norton's lived around the valley, but this one 
was found in the 1930 census. 

ALFRED NORTON AND RUTH J. NORTON ' 
Alfred and Ruth came to Idaho about 1890 with two children: 
Ruth M. age 7 and William J. age 5. They had come from Utah and 
were among the real Old Timers. 

F. W. NORTON AND NANCY 
These were also found in rhe census: possibly Alfred's 
parents: Children: Alfred, Ruth (daughterly Ruth Myrtle 
(daughter) , Catherine (daughter) . No other information was 
there, and none live around Ammon now. 

CLIFF THORNTON 
The census told of Thornton's living in Ammon, the only one 
I can find is Cliff. They lived across the road from William 
Neilsen's place who belonged to Ammon. They moved on the 
Jensen place. The children belonged to the Hog Holler District 
in the e..arly times as the Neilsen children attended there. 
After the consolidation all went to Ammon schools. 

HENRY AND MARY THORNTON 
Henry and his family came on the train from Iowa, they were 
farmers and stockmen, raising sheep, cattle, hogs and fine 
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Henry was driving across the Snake River in 1915, as he had come 
to the valley before his family, there was blasting being done on 
the river and it frightened the horses, Henry had plenty of them, 
they ran away and threw him and killed him. 

His widow back in lowas asked the Tawzer ' s and some others 
to come to Idaho, as the Meppens, and Torneton's were relatives 
of the Tawzers. 

In 1917 the Tawzer ' s and relatives came and made a home 
after buying part of the Torneton place. Elmer Tawzer was only 
seven years old. 

The Torneton children had gone to school at Taylor and 
Dewey. When the Tawzers came they were only one and one-half 
miles from the Ammon school, so they attended there for the bus 
was available. 

The Tawzer children were: Gary, Janice, Lany and Tommy. Ed 
Tawzer is still living in Idaho Falls, in 1983, he is 86 years 
old. Elmer's brothers and sisters were: Bud, Edwin, Hazel (not 
married). Elemer and his beautiful wife still live on part of 
the old Torneton home where they farmed in the summer and spend 
the winters in St. George or Arizona. They like many of the 
other Idahoans, are grateful they live in Idaho, a state they all 
love. 

JOSEPH ORVAL CROW FAiMILY 

Joseph Orval Crow married Pearl Gardner, November 22, 1938. 
The first part of the year they lived in Sarah Eliza Welchman 
Crow's home, on the original old home site in the foothills, what 
was once Hog Holler (Pleasant View); while she went to Star 
Valley to visit. They took care of her berries and fruit and 
garden. Then later built a two-roomed cabin on his father's 24 
acre farm, v/here they stayed for about 3 years, working here and 
there as a day laborer for wages. He worked in the sugar factory 
in the winter, and cleaning canals in the spring, and working as 
a farm laborer in the summer. 

They had to use cistren for water in the winter, but 
electricity had been put in. Later the J. Orval family would 
move in the summer and work for a farmer and move back to their 
home at Walter's (Crow) farm. 

In the fall of 1943 they purchased 2 acres from Franklin 
Gardner, Pearl's father, in the village (city) of Ammon, where 
Orval worked for wages here and there, part of the summer on a 
dry farm for Clark Judy and for Larene Rhoades. 

Orval was deferred for farm work when the war was going on, 
having rented a farm in Ammon from Clark Judy. 

Orval and Pearl both worked for Earnest Martin in a potato 
warehouse when it was running, for quite a number of years. In 
1954, Orval started working for Lyn Hillman in his TV repair 
and sales shop having completed successfully an Electronics 
correspondance course. After getting some experience in 
electronics he applied and obtained work at Schwendiman Wholesale 
Store in 1955 in Idaho Falls. He worked here continously as a 
sales clerk and assistant manager until 1980 when he retired for 
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Spokane Mission. 

They had 4 children born to them: Val Gene (Karleen Bessie 
Fielding), Joyce (Paul J. Bunnell), Gary W. (Trudy Wheeler), and 
Vicky (Robert Donald Hambrick) . 

The Joseph Orval Crow family have all been good, honest hard 
working citizens. Faithful members of the LDS church and an 
asset where ever they settled. 

The children were given good educations, the 2 boys 
graduating from college one as a mechanical engineer, Val Gene 
and Gary W. as a electronics technician. The girls had enough 
training as secretaries that they both obtained good jobs until 
they married. Joyce, after moving around for awhile settle in 
Ammon. The rest of the children moved elsewhere. 

All four children have been taught to be honest, 
self-reliant, independant, citizens and faithful members of their 
church, all four children having been married in the LDS temple. 

Pearl became a beautician in 1955, and enjoyed that work 
form that time on working in her home. 

JOSEPH STANFORD SMITH 

Joseph Stanford Smith, son of Joseph Hodgetts Smith and 
Maria Stanford Sm.ith was born June 23, 1850 in Tipton, Stafford, 
England. He doesn't remember whether his parents belonged to the 
Latter-Day-Saints Church of Jesus Christ before he was born or 
just after. 

They, like all other converts to the LDS church desired to 
emigrate to Utah soon after their joining the church and hence 
started from Liverpool, England April 22, 1855 on the Samuel 
Curling Vessel, the captain saying that he was glad to take this 
Mormon family for then he was secure in a safe landing. The 
Smith family consisted of father, mother and three children and 
were four weeks on the voyage from Liverpool to New York, landing 
there the 22nd of May 1855. At New Orleans quite a company was 
made up to continue on to Salt Lake Valley. 

October 23, 1871 Jane Arabella Coombs and Joseph were united 
in marriage in the Old Endowment House in Salt Lake City, by 
Daniel H. Wells, his mother having accompanied them from home it 
taking about 10 days to reach Salt Lake City with horse team. 

He (Joseph) and wife lived in his parents home for about two 
years and then moved into a small ■DCB'^ house with two rooms 
built on, a city lot in the south west corner of the town, his 
father had given him the lot. That place is about in the center 
of Cedar City now (about 1920) . 

After having 5 children born to them, they were called with 
a number of other families to the San Juan Country and started 
the 23rd of October 1879, to open up that country, for 
settlem.ent. They were called by President (Brigham Young) Young 
and went via Panquich and Escalente to what they called "The Hole 
in the Rock." They found themselves up against a great problem, 
and that was to blast a road through solid rock, they sent to S. 
L. City for powder and utensils and worked hard for 7 weeks 
making a road by which they might continue on their journey. 
They were blessed remarkably by the Lord in having no accidents 
or sickness in cam.p. They tried to serve the Lord by having 

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regular worship in prayer and singing and holding meetings on the 
Sabbath day. While they were busy making a road the men of 
Escalante made a ferry boat for them on which they loaded all 
their belongings that they might cross the Colorado River. Then 
on to what is now called Bluff City. They arrived there April 
6, 1880 having been more than five months on the way. James 
Davis, a friend of Joseph S. Smith, desired him to go a little 
, farther and prepare to settle there and Brother Smith 
thinking it would be best, decided to go, but after he had made 
an irrigating ditch and tried farming found out it was not 
practical for the soil was to sandy to hold, and ditches washed 
out . 

Finding this a failure Joseph went up north to the La Platte 
River and got work, whereby he might support his family. After 
he had worked there for sometime he started home but thought he 
would like to work on a farm for a few day change, so seeing a 
man in his field he stepped over and asked for a job, the man 
said, "Do you know how to irrigate?" and he (Joseph) said, 
"Heavens yes, I have done that all my life." The man said, " Who 
are you?" Joseph said, "I am a Mormon from the San Juan Country." 

The man said, after looking at him (Joseph) the second time 
or two. "Don't you want to take my farm on shares?" And so it was 
that after agreement was drawn up he (Joseph) took over the farm 
for next year. Each to get 1/2 of the crop and each to pay 1/2 
the price of threshing and the owner of the farm, James Ratcliff 
to furnish everything. 

He (Joseph) secured a granary of one of the neighbors and 
Brother Smith brought his family there to live in the granary 
for the winter. 

In the spring they got timber and built one room log house 
with a dirt roof made of long stringers, then small split logs, 
flat side down, then four inches of mud with plenty of dry dirt 
on that. The walls were chinked and plastered, and good lumber 
floor. The crops were good all but the oats, they were ruined by 
hail . 

While Joseph was farming for him (James Ratcliff) he 
preempted a quarter section of land close by and had permission 
to use Ratcliff water ditch just so he would enlarge it as 
circumstances required. During that fall, Joseph got out timber 
with which to build a house and started it, but could not finish 
it until the next spring, so lived that winter in a tent. The 
next spring broke up his own land and farmed it. He finished the 
house and made a granary a few feet from it, filling in the sides 
and making a roof over it for a bedroom. 

On January 19, 1883 his wife died leaving a baby 20 days 
old. 

The year before his oldest sister and family moved to 
Mancos, Colorado, where his family were living, in fact had a 
small home close to theirs and she took the baby to care for. 
This place was just a farming district, no town had as yet been 
made. That winter both his sister's children and his own were 
down with measles, and some were very sick, the baby too was much 
afflicted with gatherings in its ears, and all in all they had 
their hands full. The baby got along pretty well until she was 3 



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years old when she died with convulsions, they had no medical 
help and were at a great disadvantage. They named the child 
Mabel Arabell, Joseph S. SMith's was the first Mormon family to 
settle in Mancos , Colorado. Elder Clark Roberts, a Mormon lived 
near them and took charge of the funeral of Sister Smith. Joseph 
Smith was naturally a good religious man, attending to family 
prayers and administering to his sick people. 

The first summer after his wife died, he farmed and raised a 
good crop and after selling it, went and spent the winter at 
Enoch and Cedar City, his sister Mary Ann helped him with the 
children. In April he went back to the farm, leaving the 
children with his sister. There was a copper smelter close by at 
Durango where they sold their crops for fair prices. He farmed 
there possibly six years and in the mean time a Ward was formed. 

About 1888 he traded his farm in Mancos, Colorado for one in 
New Mexico and moved there, his oldest girl being about thirteen 
years old and a regular little housekeeper. He had a good crop 
there and good market at Farmington, New Mexico. They were only 
about 10 to 12 miles over the line. Brother Smith was a pioneer 
in several places. He was a counselor to the bishop in a ward 
organization in New Mexico and all through his life has been a 
true Latter Day Saint. 

They lived at that place about five years and it was there 
in the little town of Jacksonville that his father Joseph 
Hodgetts Smith died at the age of 71. His son (Joseph Stanford 
Smith) Joseph had returned to Cedar City and brought him and his 
second family to New Mexico, some few years before, leaving 
Joseph's mother at Moncos , Colorado with his oldest sister, Emma. 

In 1890 Joseph went back to Cedar City and renewed 
acquaintance with Agnes Ann Eardley and they soon became engaged 
and in April 15, 1891 they were married in the St. George Temple. 
They only had one child. .. .Archie Stanf ord. . . .who lived but one 
week. After their marriage they went to Mancos, Colorado, 
because Joseph was in charge of a Shingle Mill there. In the 
fall he sold his share and took his wife to New Mexico. She had 
a daughter when she married Joseph who lived with them until she 
married Carles Graham, a non-Mormon. 

Their water supply was headed in Colorado and the people of 
that state claimed the prior right to that water' and that season 
it was usually scarce, hence the people in New Mexico were cut 
off, because of water failure Joseph had to leave there and get 
work; he went to a Smelter at Durango and obtained work at $2.00 
per day, with an additional increase of 75 cents in a short time. 
He then sent for his family and stayed perhaps two years. 

In the Copper Smelter, he was poisoned with fumes and was 
under the doctor's care three weeks so had to find other 
renumerative employment, consequently went up the Animas Valley 
and rented a farm. They stayed in the valley for about six years 
having .good luck raising crops. 

In the fall of 1900 he made a trip to Idaho and purchased a 
farm at Ammon, Bingham County. The following spring he sold cut 
in Animos Valley and moved his family to Ammon. His son, George, 
was in BYU Academy at Provo, Utah preparing for a mission and he 
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Joseph Stnaford Smith paid $1600.00 for his Idaho property 
and in ten years could have sold it for $20,000.00 

Joseph's wife died November 8, 1909 of what they called 

'Galloping Consumption' on a farm near Shelley, Idaho (They had 

previously purchased) and was buried in Ammon. Although lots were 

sold before Agnes was buried the lot recorded was number 4, and 

was recored to J. S. Smith for $5.00 on December 9, 1911. 

Joseph continued to live there and visit his son and family 
in Ammon. Joseph came to Ammon to his old home and his son's 
home in Ammon. He went to bed feeling a bit extra tired and died 
in his sleep April 6, 1941. He was buried in Ammon by the side 
of his 2nd wife, Agnes. 

Joseph lived a good life, saw many things happen for the 
pioneers, his travels across the plains, in a covered wagon, 
building up the Cedar City and Iron County country. The trip 
down the Hole in the Rock, settling Mancos, Colorado and 
evenually settling in Ammon, Idaho and building up the farm. 

He assisted with the building of the canals, and had many 
incidents of the excavation of the canals along the Hillside of 
Ammon. A grand ole man, a Patriarch to a large prosterity. 

: ■■■7 /-/V6- 

GEROGE ABRAHAM SMITH 

George Abraham Smith son of Joseph Stanford Smith and 
Arabella Combs, born in Cedar City, Iron County, Utah, June 8, 
1879. Born in the LDS church. 

At the age of 3 months his parents Joseph and Arabella were 
called by President Lorenzo Snow to colonize the San Juan 
country, in south v/estern Colorado. My father and mother didn't 
settle in San Juan, they settled in Mancus, Colorado where they 
homesteaded a farm and using oxen to do their farming, they 
proceeded to build themselves a home. 

When I was the age of three years, Arabelle died leaving 
three children, Ada, Roy, and myself. 

After her death my father distrubited the children among 
relatives. I stayed with Will and Emma Wilden, who were my first 
cousins, until about the age of eight during which time I 
attended school in the city of Mancus, walking three miles to and 
from school . 

My father sold his farm in M--:^rcus , and purchased one in New 
Mexico near a place called Farmington. My sister, Ada, was about 
14 years of age at this time. My father got we three children 
together again and took us to his farm in New Mexico, where Ada 
kept house and took care of the children. During which time 
grandfather Hiram Smith died. My father gathered up his children 
and took us back to Utah. 

My father bought an interest in a shingle mill, run it one 
winter and moved back to New Mexico. We farmed for about 3 year, 
and a son was born in Laplata, New Mexico, but only lived about 3 
days and died, it was buried next to my grandfather in Laplata. 

We rented a farm about 12 miles north of Durango called 
Animous to try' our hand at farming, we lived there till I was 19 
years of age. In the winter of 1899-1900 I went to school at 
Brigham Young University at Provo. During the same winter my 
father took a trip to Idaho. Some relatives wanted him to see 



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the country that was just opening up around Idaho Falls, he 
decided to buy a place east of Idaho Falls, near a little village 
called Ammon paying $1600.00 for 120 acres. In the spring of 
1901 he loaded his belongings in a box car stopping at Provo to 
pick me up on the way. We landed in Idaho Falls on May 2, 1901. 
A family by the name of ,4zari/4/^ Williams let us move into two of 
their houses on the Ammon townsite as there was no buildings on 
the farm. 

George and his father hauled logs about 35 miles, to build a 
two room log house, it had a dirt roof when it rained real hard 
it leaked, they dug sagebrush and raised a crop of grain and some 
hay, that first summer. 

Then the year of 1907 he was called on a mission to the 
northern states mission, while on a mission his father bought a 
farm at Shelley, Idaho, about fifteen miles from Ammon, and moved 
down there, it was there that his father's second wife Agnes 
died. He came home in the spring of 1909 from his mission, and 
December 7, 1910 married Lovina Shurtliff. Ten children was born 
to them: 1. Clyde Authon Smith, 2. George Stanford Smith, 3. 
Leland Andrus, 4. Eva, 5. Max LeRoy, 6. Veda Belle, 7. Cecil 
Jack, 8. Glen LaMar , 9. Ida Behtene, 10. Geraldine. 

Eva passed away when twenty-two months old. 

George's hobby was fishing and hunting, he would take the 
family and go camping with them. 

Some of the children, was born in the little log house that 
Smith built. But in the year of November 1914 built a new nine 
room home . 

In the year of 1927 he was called on his second mission to 
Florida. He has been active in the LDS church all his live. He 
was councilor in MIA in Ammon Ward, President High Priest Chorum, 
Sunday school teacher. His business activites he was on the 
school board for 21 years and on the Farm and Home Administration 
for three years. Then his eyes failed him, he had cataracs, on 
both eyes, so for about four years, he couldn't hardly see to get 
around . 

Then a Dr. Battles operated on them and removed the 
cataract' with his glasses on he can see real well, and at the 
age of 78 he can still work, and has good health. 

His son Leland is working on the farm that George and his 
father bought in the year 1901. 

George's father died April 6, 1941 at our home in Ammon. 

George Abraham Smith farmed until he died as he had a stroke 
after turning hay the summer of 1961. The fall of 1962 he had 
another stroke but recovered then about Thanksgiving time he had 
another and a severe one that put him in bed December 19, 1962 - 
he was baptized after becoming unconscious. He died December 26, 
1962 in Idaho Falls LDS Hospital. Was buried December 29, 1962 
in the Ammon Cemetery by the side of his father. 

Lavina Shurtliff Smith lived in the house for 3 years after 
George died, she built a little 2 bedroom home in Ammon on Vaughn 
Street in Peterson Park next to her youngest doughter Geraldine 
Smith Guynon. Loved her heme. 

In August 196 she married a widov; James Shadrack Empey - a 



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former school mate. They lived in the little home until she 
died. 

Jim took Lovina to Arizona one winter but the chlorinated 
water didn't agree with her so they spent the rest of the time 
together in Ammon. 

Lovian had a cancerous breast removed and all seemed to go 
well until September 1971. She was hopitalized, and died three 
weeks later October 17, 1971. 

Wanda, Cecil Jack Smith's, wife had a cerebral hemmorhage 
and was in the hospital while Lovina was there. Wanda died and 
had her funeral. The next day Lovina died and her funeral was 
the same week. 

All the children were there for the funerals. (Except Evan 
(died 1917) and Leland (died 1968) . 

ERNEST RICKS 

Ernest was born September 23, 1871, in Logan, Utah, to 
Thomas Edwin Ricks and Ellen Marie Yallop. Ernest was the third 
son in a family of ten. All the children were born in Cache 
Valley, Utah, except the last daughter, Zina who was born in 
Rexburg, Idaho. 

The children are: Ephrain, Alfred, Ernest, Ellen, 
Charlotte, Edith, Elizabeth Jane, Josiah, Zina and Lawrence. 

Ernest was baptized April 6, 1885 by Thomas E. Richs, Jr. 
Confirmed the same day Jonn L. Roberts. He was ordained to all 
positions of the Melchizdek and Aaronic Priesthood. 

In June 8, 1895, was ordained an Elder by James E. Fogg, and 
called on a mission June 24, 1895 after going through the Logan 
Temple with a company of sixteen Elders. 

Ernest had probably never been very far east, and was amazed 
at the wide expanse of desert east of Ogden, Utah. He was sent 
to the southern states where he spent two years, returning April 
5, 1897 to Rexburg, Idaho. 

While attending the Ricks Reunion, a Mr. Roberts who had 
returned in 1931 from Alabama told us our father, Ernest, had 
converted one hundred familites to the church. 

Ernest said he walked so much, his shoes were completely 
worn out and he did not know where he was going to get another 
pair. His labors were through the swamp lands and tough terrain, 
and hot humid weather. When he and companion were walking one 
day, they found a pair of shoes just his size, at the side of the 
road. He knew the Lord had provided them. 

Ernest worked for Thomas E. Ricks of Rexbrug after returning 
in 1897 - while there he met Mary Geneva Molen, a beautiful lady 
they had a courtship of about three years then were married April 
5, 1900, in the Salt Lake Teimple and rode there and back to 
Rexburg on the train. Their first year of marriage was spent in 
Rexburg, Idaho. 

Their first child Dermont was born April 13, 1901 at 
Rexburg, Idaho, the others were born in and around Ammon. A very 
dear relative of Ernest passed away September 28, 1901, it was 
Thomas E. Ricks, a noted man of distinction around Rexburg. 

Homesteading was open around Ammon so Ernest and Geneva and 
tiny son, moved to that vicinity. Ammon was a new locality south 



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of lona and east of Idaho Falls. 

Emma Molen, his mother-in-law and her sons John and Perry, 
had gone there and had farms. 

They found good farm land to purchas«;j there and built a fine 
home. Ammon had been attending church with Zona for a year but 
at this time was an independant ward. 

The Ricks lived in Ammon and attended school there and most 
of the winter but Ernest took up a homestead in the hills east 
of Ammon at "Last Chance" and belonged to the Ozone Ward after 
1912 where they attended primary, Sunday School, and Sacrament 
Meetings during the summer. 

Ernest was tall and stately with beautiful white wavy hair. 
He had great faith in God. 

He had known hardship and hardwork and was a good example 
for his children. He died August 22, 1919. Children of Ernest 
and Geneva: Ernest, Dermont, Derrald Francis, Dorothea, Orin, 
Emma Lavonda, Ruby Bonita and Geneva. 

Derrald' s story of father: 

I was young when father died. I missed his council. He was 
very kind and always had a desire to do better. 

He was honest, and attended well to all church duties, this 
made him respected by business men and his friends. 

He ventured out financially and took chances to help his 
family with the better things of life. He had poor health and 
spent most of the winters in California. 

He contracted the road to West Yellowstone, with a two wheel 
dump cart pulled by one horse to pull the dirt. 

While at "Last Chance" on the hill homestead the family 
lived in a tent while we built a house there. 

We, my father and I, would ride up to the dry farm together 
in the winter to see if everything was alright. He told me what 
was excepted of me and how I was to live. 

Father was very good to those unfortunate, and helped the 
widows and motherless. My folks milked cows and made butter on 
the ranches, both in Ammon and in the hills. We would take the 
fresh pounds of butter into the grocery stores in Idaho Falls, 
and trade it for groceries. Sometimes there was enough cash for 
us to stay at a hotel and eat at the restaurant. The meal would 
cost $.035 each. 

Father was kind and thoughtful. When I had pneumonia he 
held me in his arms. 

He was helpful to my mother when Dorothea was sick and for 
several years. 

Father's time was short with us but we have very fond 
memories of him. 

Lawrence's Memories: 

I remember my father's white hair and mustache. I rode to 
the hills with him in the spring where there was many snow 
drifts all over the hills. 

We had fried duck egg sandwiches for lunch and I did not 
like them. 

We used to travel in a white topped buggy to church on 



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Sunday and to the valley with the family. There were always 
horses in the pasture to do our work with and take us where we 
wanted to go. 

One Sunday we had a case of cream in the back seat, I wanted 
to see in it, which I did, but tipped the cream all over me. 
Cream was money in those days. 

DERRALD RICKS AND ANN CRYSTAL 

Derrald had his schooling in Ammon schools. He assisted his 
father when the family homesteaded in the hills on Last Chance. 
The Ricks were a big help when the Ozone ward was organized, many 
celebrations and Sunday schools V7ere held on their meadow at Last 
Chance. The Ricks boys v;ere very friendly as was the father and 
mother. While they had the hill place they still had their home 
in Ammon, where all the winters were spent. 

Derrald married Ann Crystal in 1935. They lived on the old 
home place for sometime then rented from Sterling Magleby, until 
they bought the place on Sunnyside where they built a lovely 
home. It was here they raised their family and they were all 
members of the Ammon Ward. Derrald and Ann were Temple 
officators for sometime. 

LEWIS RICHARD BIRD SR. 



Lewis Richard Bird Sr . and family and wife, Martha Ellen 
Brady, were persuaded by the Gardners their relatives, to leave 
Benjamin, Utah and come to the Snake River Valley. 

The Birds settled near Hog Holler, or Pleasant View, and 
attended school there. 

William, a four year old son, was buried in the Ammon 
cemetery. 

On the fourth of July the next year they rode to the 
celebration in a sleigh, as it snowed that day. 

Lewis R. Jr. was eight years old when his parents moved to 
the Milo area on a large dry farm. He decided to quit farming 
and took up the Motel and Housing business, so operated Kruse 
Motel for sometime on West Broadway in Idaho Falls. 

Mrs. Bird was from St. Geroge, a Leavitt. Ray and Lorrine 
Bird are Temple officiators in the Idaho Falls Temple. Ray is 
son of Richard Lewis Jr. 

LYLE ANDERSON AND BEULAH (SINGLEY) ANDERSON 
Lyle was the second son of Joseph and Mae. His home was 
south of Ammon on the forty acre his father had sold him. He 
married a little southern girl, Beulah Singley, from the south a 
family of converts from Georgia, I believe. Lyle became a bishop 
of Ammon ward, set apart in 1930 with Wallace Wadsworth 1st 
counselor and LaVar Gardner as 2nd counselor. He served 
faithfully until 1936 when Lyman Johnson Whiting was set apart to 
succeed him with Reuben Anderson 1st and Lavern Judy 2nd with 
Lamar Whiting ward clerk. 

Lyle and Beulah had eight births: LaRue, Ival, Zina, 
Ardella, Joy, Lyle R. , Valerie and a baby who died between Zina 
and Ardella. Lyle died and Beulah still lives, only two of 
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MARVIN J. ANDERSON AND FLORA HAMiMER 

After Marvin came with his parents to Ammon, he grew up as a 
student of the Ammon schools, having known all three school 
houses, I'm sure the old hall has rang with his jovial laughter 
many times. 

Marvin filled a mission to the eastern states in 1917 to 
1919, by this time a family of Hammer's had moved from Woodville 
to Ammon where it is said J. J. Hammer should move to get out of 
the Bishopric. He was first Bishop of Woodville and continued 
many years after. 

When Hammers moved from Hooper, Utah to the Snake River 
Valley, it was dusty and desolate. Sister Hammer had always 
wanted flowers. Flora was born 1896 to them J. J. said to his 
wife, "At last mother you have you flower," a little girl. They 
named her Flora. The mother's health was poorly, she had no time 
to raise other flowers, her family was her main concern. Flora 
learned to play the piano, as J. J. Hammer moved to Ammon and 
established a good dairy business. In 1912 she became engaged to 
Marvin who had worked at the Hammer's dairy. Marvin filled a 
mission to the eastern states. Flora met him in Salt Lake City 
and they were married Novermber 20, 1914. They came to Ammon to 
live where Marvin worked for the dairy. Both were active in 
school, church and other activities in Ammon. 

Later Marvin and Flora moved to the forty acres Joseph, the 
father had bought for Marvin. They built a modern home here and 
raised good crops, had sheep herds, and above all raised a lovely 
family who became stalwarts in the communities where they moved 
to after marriage. Their children are: Marcel (deceased), 
Marcin (sec't traveled to Israel), Alton (AEG), Darcel 
(deceased). Merlin (phone company), Marvin (school teacher), 
Jarvis (school teacher), Shirley (supervisor of school lunches), 
All the children live and reside in the valley. 

-■ Submitted by Marcine Pierson 

PERRY AND SARAH EMPEY MOLEN 

Perry is a brother to John and Ernest Molen. These boys 
came to Ammon real early. Perry married Sarah Empey, the 
daughter of Ephraim and Sarah Ann Rhodes. They came from Lehi, 
Utah. Ephraim was born May 27, 1852 in Ethenbury, Betf ordshire , 
England. Sarah Ann was born in March 4, 1857, in Lehi, Utah. 

The Empey 's were interested in sheep when they came to 
Idaho, they had some stock, too. 

Perry was thirty-one, Sarah was twenty-four when they came 
to Idaho. Most of their children were born in Ammon, they 
brought two girls, Jennie, and Vera from Utah. The children 
were: Gwen^vire, Vera, Belva, Artella, Francis, the only son, who 
lived. Sterile was two years old when he drowned in the canal. 
Perry and Francia really went into the sheep business, they had 
nice lambing sheds built out near the barn, and it was nat 
uncommon after school, as the neighborhood children came walking 
by to hear the newborn lambs blatting, to have a group walk 
through the lambing sheds together, v;ith Perry's permission. 
They loved to pet the tiny lambs and see how fend the mother 
sheep watched her babies. Some of the Molen children were always 

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in the group, and acted as guides through this animal maternity 
ward. I, Miranda, was one to enjoy this privilege. Several 
times Perry offered my brother a motherless lamb to take home and 
raise on a bottle. At that time we lived on the opposite east 
corner of the same section, just a mile away, to the east. 
Francis Molen married Winnie Wilcox 

"In 1923, Francis had grown to a handsome young man, at the 
time radios were the vogue, he would visit the Stringham's who 
were newly married and lived just across the street 
kitty-cornered from the Molens. He was so inthralled with the 
radio programs, especially the "BLACK CROWS", they were 
comedians, and really made peope laugh. The Stringham's got a 
laugh just to hear him tell the story, as they had not invested 
in a radio, yet." by Miranda Stringham 

Francis lived on the family place until his death, but never 
was a father, his wife had two children by a former marriage. 

by Russell Molen 

JOHNNY FOWLER AND EDITH MORRIS 

Johnny Fowler left Escalante with Amos Roundy in 1903, with 
a herd of horses. Probably with a chuck wagon with their earthly 
belongings and bed rolls. The story did not say. Johnny as he 
was called in EScalante was a redhaired, short and smiling 
personality. Always showing pretty teeth when he smiled. He 
loved horses, and it is not surpising that he brought some with 
him. He made lots of cash on trades and selling. He was 18 
years old when he left Escalante, Utah. 

While he was up in Idaho in or about 1903 he found some sand 
land that he filed on and homesteaded. There was an old house up 
near the dam on the Snake River, he moved "thisj on7f"his 370 acres 
and reparied it for a comfortable place to live. This place was 
close to Woodville and as well as Johnny liked to dance I'm sure 
he attended many of them in the Old Hall there. At l<ast he 
found a bride, Edith Morris, to live with him in his new home. 
His sister, Mary, came with some of the other family and married 
an Ammon boy, Arnold Harris. Johnny's land began, running north 
of the Bennett Bridge north of Shelley and included most of the 
section. He had worked for the Christensen brothers for years, 
at Goshen. 

Then there was a move to Ammon, but not for long. Two 
children were born there: Devon and May, the others were at 
Cotton, on the way back to Shelley. Devon was three years old 
when they left to go back to Shelley. It was in the 1930' s. 
Leland, the twins Gilbert and Delbert, then Glen, Laverl, and 
Melvin born at Shelley. Johnny spent hundreds of dollars 
improving and scraping and leveling his sand hills. Today they 
are smoothed out and very productive. Johnny died in 1936 and 
buried in Shelley. 

Laverl was the only one who was in the service. 

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JOSEPH AND ELIZA WELCHMAN CROW 

Joseph was a farmer most of his life, he and Eliza Welchman 
(born 1868) were married in Utah and came to Idaho in 1896. In 
1903 they took up a homestead of 320 acres, south east of Idaho 
Falls. This was the area known as Hog Holler, a man named Asdown 
had many hogs and one could hear him calling them down the 
hollers, hence, HOG HOLLER was the name until after the Dave 
Connell Dance hall was not used for school and the new white 
brick school and church was built. The little settlement was 
changed to Pleasant View. 

The new building was used both for church, Horace Crow was 
the first branch president of the Peasant View Branch, which was 
the Ammon Ward, and for school, for many years. After the 
second ward was built in Ammon, the branch was dissolved and the 
Hog Holler members attended church in Ammon. Many dances were 
held in the building as the desks were stacked and children put 
to sleep on them. Tommy and Lydia Gates, his wife, played for 
the dances. The place was kept for a time for socials but was 
eventually torn down, after the consolidation of the schools and 
wards. It was torn down about 1960. 

Sarah Eliza Crow and Joseph had ten children: Walter N., 
Ethel (Waters, of Idaho Falls), Benjamin, Etta (Daniels), 
Lucretia (died), Lucinda (King), Pendroy (infant died), Jesse H. , 
Adelia (Nebel), Nina Mae (Raymond Gardner), and Joseph (Nina 
Gardner). The Crow children attended school in Hog Holler and 
Ammon High School. 

Jesse married Iris Gardner, daughter of Frank Gardner. He 
and Iris filled a mission together in Fresno, California, from 
the Ammon ward, both are active in LDS church. 

Most of the Crow children have moved away from the old farm 
home to Ammon or Idaho Falls. 

JACK BAILEY AND GOLDA HANKS 

Jack and Golda live on the old Bailey farm, south of John 
Empeys and east back in the field. Jack is the son of Israel and 
Irene Bailey, who are deceased. Golda Hanks was the daughter of 
Edith Hanks of Shelley. 

This couple get a lot out of life. They have a camper, and 
fish and rove the hills in the summer. They know where the good 
fishing stream's are located. When the cold weather comes they 
can soon pack up and leave the farm and go south to Arizona where 
they spend their winters. 

JESSE AND PEARL GALBRAITH 

Jesse was born in Utah and went to Mexico, to Dublan, Mexico 
when the trouble came between the states, his people came back to 
the states. 

In 1920, he married Pearl Galbraith who was a widow with 
five children: Pearl (Otteson, Fowler) , Cloyd (Smith) , Norma 
(Reed Anderson), Willard, Christopher (Shirley Harmon). 

William Galbraith died nine years after marrying Pearl. 
Jesse and his wife had two missions together, and Jesse had six 
with the Stake mission. 

Pearl was an organist since she was a child, and all her 



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life in Ammon. She was very much in demand and put her heart and 
soul into her music. She was playing for primary program when 
she fell over dead. A beautiful way to leave this mundane world. 
Pearl died October 20, 1963 in Ammon. 

Jesse died May 10, 1970 - seven years apart. Both dedicated 
to the church and their families. Pearl was 75 years old. 

When Alan Otteson and Pearl Galbraith were married they were 
living in Montana, where Alan was working in the hay, it was a 
very hot day and during a break he drank lots of ice water, this 
must have given him guick pneumonia. He died suddenly, leaving 
his wife pregnant with child. Pearl named her, Alain, the only 
child Alan ever had. 

Pearl later married Cliff Fowler, and had three children by 
him: Joyce (Moore), Ronald, Willard (Mary Packer). 

Jesse and Pearl had 19 grandchildren and many great. 

ALAIN OTTESON AND BP WAYNE HANSON Osgood 
After Alan Otteson died, Alain, his child was born to Pearl, 
his wife. It was a sudden shock to Pearl having him drink so 
heartily, then leave her so guickly, the hot day, the ice water, 
and over-tired body, froze his lungs. 

Pearl did not give up in despair, she gave Alain a good 
education, she attended high school in Ammon, and graduated in 
1948. She lived in Ammon four years after her marriage, to an 
Osgood handsome prince, Wayne Hanson. They were married in the 
Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Their children: Jone, Mark, Donna, Alan,_ 
Carl, and Judy. Wayne was a farmer but won the love of the 
people and became bishop of Osgood, after serving in all the 
auxiliaries of the differnet organizations and stake missionary, 
High Council, Elders and others. 

The Hanson's have lived twenty-four years in Osgood. 

by Delbert Otteson 

GEORGE PARLEY HANSEN 1886-1968 

George Parley Hansen was the youngest of eight children born 
July 19, 1886 to Hans Christian and Annie Catherine Nielsen 
Hansen in Warren, Utah. Since his father had other wives with 
families to look after, the children learned early in life the 
meaning of responsibility. 

The family home consisted of a one-room log house with a 
lean-to on the rear. His early life was spent herding cows, 
thinning and hoeing sugar beets and looking after the other 
livestock. He loved horses and when he was nine years old he was 
given a pony which he named "Buttons". When working or school 
time was over he would ride his pony with his friends, go 
fishing, skating or having a watermelon "bust". He always 
enjoyed a good watermelon. 

His mother was a real convert to the LDS church with endless 
faith and hope. She taught her family to observe the Word of 
Wisdom, Tithing and other principles of the Gospel. The family 
had very little money, but had home grown goods from the gardens, 
eggs, chickens and pigs to eat, also milk from the cows. 

He liked the country because of the abundance of water, he 
got a job and lived with the J. J. Hammer family in Ammon, who 



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was a former Bishop and owned a dairy » About three years later, 
Joe Poulsen told him of homestead for sale in the New Sweden 
area. He bought it, obtained a team and wagon from his brother 
in Warren, Utah, and went to work hauling potatoes for Leonard 
and Arthur Ball in order to make the payments. He met Leonard 
Purcell and asked him to work the spud harvest with him. They 
shared sleeping quarters on Leonard Ball's grainery floor. 

About this time, while enjoying Sunday School, MIA dances 
and other activities, he became acquainted with a young lady by 
the name of Zenobia Anderson. This interest developed into a 
romance and on December 20, 1911, Zenobia' s father. Christian 
Anderson, who was the Bishop of Ammon, took them to Salt Lake 
City to be married in the LDS Temple. The rest of that winter 
they lived in a small home in Ammon. He and his brother-in-law, 
Orial Anderson, hauled wheat for the bishop. They also hauled 
lumber from a saw mill near Swan Valley and worked on the new 
chapel which was being built in Ammon, this being finished and 
dedicated in 1912. 

During the previous summer he bought enough lumber to build 
a 10' X 12' frame house on the dry farm and in the spring of 
1912, he and his bride piled their meager belongings into the 
wagon and headed for their 'new home'. It was a pretty desolate 
place with the wind blowing through the miles of sage brush 
surrounding them. The horses couldn't pull the hand plow through 
the sage brush, os it had to be choopped first with an ax. They 
cleared nine acres that summer. When winter came they moved back 
to Ammon where Arleen was born, but the next spring found them at 
the homestead. Water had to be carried two and a half miles. 

In 1917, they sold the homestead and moved to Grant, Idaho 
to another farm with a five-room house. While there he served in 
the Bishopric with Bishop John Lee and P. W. Dabell. During the 
1918 flu epidemic, he was always helping others v/ho were sick or 
dying. Luckily he never contracted the flu himself. By this 
time, two boys had joined the family, Duane and Burrell. 

In 1921, they moved back 'home' to a farm three miles east 
of Ammon, where they resided for the next 38 years. Here Keith 
and Enid were born. The house was a large two story brick home 
with four bedrooms. It was known as the "Farnsworth" place. 

He drove school bus for twelve years and was on the school 
board for sixteen years, during which time the first LDS seminary 
in Idaho was started. Classes were held in the basement of the 
old dance hall, Lucius Clark was the teacher. Raymond Hanson (no 
relation) was hired and organized the first band in Ammon. In 
January 1936, the school house burned down, he was instrumental 
in the construction of the new building. B. Harrison Barrus was 
interviewed for the position of principal of the Ammon High 
School from the top of a hay stack that had to be finished that 
day. 

For many years, he was secretary of the Woolgrower's 
Association. A small band of sheep were .cared for on the farm 
during the winter, they would lamb out in the spring and sent out 
to the hills for grazing during the summer. In late spring the 
sheep were sheared for the wool and in the fall the lambs would 
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The farming was done with horses and horse drawn equipment, 
which was slow and tedious. Patience and perseverance were a 
real necessity. Cows were milked by hand, then stored in ten 
gallon cans for the pick-up to the creamery. Besides the milk 
checks that came twice monthly, there was real butter and cheese 
for the table. There were chickens, pigs, turkeys and eggs to be 
taken care of, also, the 'bum' or 'pet' lambs. Fruit and 
vegetables were canned during the summer season. He was always a 
good provider for his family. 

During the fall of 1959, they moved into a new home they had 
built in the city of Ammon, just one block north of the church 
and school house. They enjoyed this new home as they were able 
to walk to all the activities that were held in the city. 

On December 20, 1961, they celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary, an open house was held in the Cultural Hall of the 
church, they were greeted by many friends and relatives. It was 
an exciting time for all. There are five living children: Duane 
in Burley; Burrell in Logan; Enid in Salt Lake City; Keith and 
Arleen both living in Ammon. There are fourteen living 
grandchildren, one grandchild deceased, and sixteen 
great-grandchildren. 

One of his favorite sayings was "He who thinks ahead will 
get ahead". His aim was to live a good life and to provide the 
necessities for his family and to see that they received an 
education and religious training. He admired his mother greatly 
for she taught him integrity and the rewards of work. This he 
tried to instill in his children. He enjoyed reading good books 
and poetry. He v/as a humble, honest and happy good-natured 
family oriented man, who loved nothing more than a simple family 
get-together with all the children and grand children around. 
He was taken to the LDS hospital in January 1968 with kidney 
problems and pneumonia. He returned home but was confined in bed 
or a wheelchair until August 5, 1968, when he passed away at the 
age of eighty-two. 

The family still misses him very much and all agree with 
Robert Lewis Stevenson on his definition of success: 

"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, 
loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men, 
the love of little children, who has filled his niche and 
accomplished his task; who has left the world a better than 
he found it, whether by an improved hobby, a perfect poem 
or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of 
earth's beauties nor failed to express it; who has always 
looked for the best in others and has given the best he has; 
whose life is an inspiration — whose memory is a benediction" 
Compiled from personal writings of George Parley Hansen and 
re-written by his family - - February 1983 

JOHN JOSEPH FEILD 

John or JJ as he was called in Ammon, married Marie 
Elizabeth Rushton. They came from around Tay lorsvil le , Utah 
about 1905. Feild had purchased 160 acres from a Mr. Bird, one 
mile south and one half miles east of Kelley's store, in Ammon. 

All their furniture, livestock and belongings were shipped 



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to Idaho in a boxcar. The son, Frank rode in the car to care 
for' the livstock. The other member of the family rode in the 
touring car. The children are: Emma, Alice, Maud, Nellie, Emma, 
Frank, Bessie, Parley, Edna, Etta, Clara, and ?. Twelve 
children. The children were all raised in Ammon schools. 

Twenty acre of the farm were supposed to have been broken 
out of sage brush, but Etta said the brush off five acres were so 
tall only the top of a hat could be seen as men walked along. 
The brush was pulled out after the plow had loosened it and put 
in piles, or the mother used it for fuel in the range stove she 
cooked with. 

JJ was a ditch rider for the Gardner canal which wound 
along the foot-hills. He was also on the school board and was 
very active in his church work. His family were all good workers 
and also members of the church. 

Frank was custodian of the Civic Auditorium for years, Clara 
was a school teacher, Edna and Etta were bother nurses. Parley 
farmed and lived in Ammon most of his life. 

Water for culinary purposes was hauled from the Hillside 
Canal. In the winters the mother melted snow for water. The 
cattle had to be driven one mile to the Taylor Canal. This was 
not done every day in the winter, as the stock ate lots of snow. 
The Taylor Canal always had water in it. JJ was an ardent 
genealogy worker, he also was one of the first to work in 
Religion Class. He was with Thomas Nixon in the Stake Religion 
Classes and he helped establish them all over the stake. This 
organization still exists as seminary. The senoir Feilds are 
passed away and are buried in the Ammon cemetery. 

submitted by Etta Feild 

PARLEY AND MELBA SOUTHWICK FEILD 

Parley and Melba were school mates together in the Ammon 
schools. She the daughter of Roy and Camilla Southwick, also of 
Ammon. Both are such happy people. Both were brought up in the 
pioneer era, and knew what hard work was. They had lived on 
farms and in Ammon most of their lives. 

Parley said, "I remember when we came to this state, the 
country was all open range, lots of sagebrush. The Old Hall was 
our church house, but a new brick one was being built. Curtains 
were our only partitions. I attended school in the four roomed 
brick house that burned with the gym. Each grade had a room 
separate from the others. Two upper grades on top floor, and two 
lower grades on the ground floor. 

The old blacksmith shop was a curio to all us kids, Al 
Carter hard at work shoeing horses with a leather apron on. Leo 
Neilsen in the country store. with a white butcher apron around 
him. The store was not where it is today, it was in the middle 
of the block, straight south one block from the church. 

I had to help get the animals to the canals to water in the 
summer, and sometimes winter, unless they had ate much snow. It 
was a job to haul the culinary water from the Hillside Canal. 
Most people hauled water in barrels, on a Lizzie, a sort of drag 
built on two logs, with a frame to sit the barrels inside. Cn 
top was clean canvas or cover of a tub to keep dust out. 



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Melba and I bought a home on Owen Street, after we left the 

farm, and I was custodian for the school for seven years. We are 

retired now and just go to the temple, keep up our place, and 
enjoy life. " 

We had five children: Sonja (Landon) , Roy Joe, then twin 
girls, Rayleen (Lewis) and Kathleen (Hart). 

by Parley and Melba Feild 

ETTA FEILD 

Etta came with her family from Utah about 1905, they settled 
on a farm one mile south and some west of Kelley's Store. She 
attended school in Ammon when Jesse Neilsen was teaching and was 
also Co-Superindent . She said, "Archie T. Williams was principal 
and teacher of 8th grade and in junior high, he was teaching 
elementary until 1925, then in high school two years, as the 
junior year was added on in 1927. I graduated from high school 
in 1928 and went right into nursing in 1931 from Idaho Falls LDS 
Hospital, and then attended Utah State and took a course in 
obstetrics. My sister, Edna, was a nurse in Idaho. 

Our first school was in the red brick eight roomed building, 
we attended church in the new red brick chapel dedicated in 1913. 
Leonard Ball was the bishop. 

I married an Ora Heaps from Paraowan, Utah, but have taken 
my maiden name back. Retired in 1959 and took a class in 
Pediatrics in 1960 at Los Angeles General. I was at St. John's 
in Santa Monica for a time. Came to Idaho Falls in 1970. Since 
my retirement I have been in RETIREMENT HOME in old Riverside 
school. This has forty units and they are for Senoir Citizens, I 
have been here for five years, and have had special service. 

by Etta Feild 

THOMAS FEILD AND ALICE FROM ENGLAND 
Thomas had two blocks in Idaho Falls on L Street in 1907, 
he gave one to his brother John and one to his wife, Alice, who 
was a midwife. She came from England and could do beautiful 
lace, she made lace when she was four years old. She grew up and 
they came from Utah to Ammon, where they lived in a moderate log 
house south and west from the LDS church. Every one of her 
children had an Alice. She died in 1921. Four girls lived: 
Alice, Hazel, Nellie and Leona, and two boys George and Leland 
died in youth. 

MY LIFE IN AMMON BY JUSTIN ANDERSON 

I ' m an original or charter member you might say, as I was 
born April 4, 1906 in the red brick house owned by Abe Day on 
Owen Street. 

My father was Joseph Anderson and my mother was May Jensen, 
who came from Denmark to Manti, Utah where she met and married 
Joseph . 

In 1989 the couple drove to Ammon, Idaho with horses and 
wagon. The trip took them three weeks as they would hunt and 
fish along the way to get food to eat. One time they caught 
enough fish for supper at McCammon. 

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worked for Chris for ten yeats . When they settled up, Joseph 
took sheep for his pay. From this- Joseph had three herds of 
sheep. This occupation was passed on to his sons, Marvin, Lyle 
and Justin who keep herds for several years after their father 
passed away. 

ROCK HOUSE - my father has been given credit for the 
building of the rock house, but he did not build it, however I 
was raised in it. 

A man by the name of Peterson built it and William Priest 
from Taylor helped hom. Bill (William) Owens helped and it was 
in the 1890 's for many other rock houses were built about then. 
Some think it may have been later about 1903-05. 

We, Anderson's, moved into it when 1, Justin, was one year 
old. That would be in 1907. Other people had lived in it before 
us . 

The water tank was under the huge windmill which was a curio 
to Ammon. There was a pressure pump that provided plenty of 
pressure for the house and also provided a good storage room that 
was over the well. 

When I had scarlet fever, Lanny Neilsen lived across the 
street from us. He was the principal of the Ammon school and he 
sent me home early. Lanny lived in that little house many years 
and raised his family in the little frame house. 

When I was just a kid, Lyle put me on a horse and it ran 
away with me, hit a fence, broke my leg, but it was set in ten 
minutes . 

It must have been about 1916, dad traded 160 acres that he 
owned to Ephriam Empey for some pigs. He sold the rock house to 
Galbraith and built mother a new modern home on the corner just 
across from the church. We lived in a tent while they built the 
new home. Us kids had a pet coyote tied near the tent and 
lightning killed it. 

The carpenters put that new house up in six months. We 
lived and aged in the brown house across the street, where dad 
traded $1,000.00 for 10 acres and a horse and buggy. 

Dad also built a big red barn that was a land mark to Ammon 
for years. It burned down after Maiben Jones owned the home and 
barn. 

In 1917-18, v;hen the flu epidemic was rampant, I was the 
only boy who could ride a horse around and take medicine to the 
sick. I was only eleven years old, but tied medicine all over 
the horse. The roads were ice and my horse fell, but arrived in 
Ammon from Idaho Falls with relief and the medicine. 

That same winter I pitched hay on the sleigh and took it to 
the stock and pitched it off again. 

My older brothers, Lyle and Marvin, farmed south of Am.mon 
for many years and operated herds of sheep. Lyle's family have 
all moved away. 

Marvin's family are scattered around the valley. One time 
he was going to conference in Idaho Falls with the horses on a 
white top buggy. One horse fell through the ice and was drowned, 
this was in Sand Creek. 

Many springs my folks have hauled manure around the house to 
keep Sand Creek out of it. It would overflow and cover all of 



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Ammon . 

When I was a boy, during this flu epidemic, I was sent into 
Idaho Falls to get a doctor for my sister-in-law, Beulah, who was 
going to have a baby. Lyle and Beulah lied on 80 acres west of 
Ammon. The snow was so deep, the doctor could only get to 
Hammer's corner. Some guys were hanging around in the road. I 
told them to move ciy the doctor had to deliver a baby. We 
arrived there in time. 

When they built the Ammon church that was dedicated in 1913, 
my job was being water boy. A horse had fallen into the trench 
that had been made for the cement. We really had a time getting 
it out. All of the workers had to help. 

My dad's brother, Charley, worked for my dad for many years. 
He died in the rest home in Blackfoot. 

The children of Joseph and May are: Marvin, Lyle, Lillie 
Zollinger, Floyd, Justin, Cleo (Black) (2nd Stout) , Jesse and 
Gordon. 

I loved ball and played ball all over the country. 

I served a mission in the western states in 1923-25. I 
lavored in Grand Junction, Colorado and Nebraska. I was sent 
home with a ruptured appendix, then returned and finished my 
mission. 

I married Alice Mclntire from Idaho Falls. We farmed out on 
Lost River for years. While there, I was bishop of the Lost 
River Ward. 

Alice has worked as a secretary and stenographer all her 
adult life. At the present, (1980), she is assistant librarian 
of Shelley's new library. 

We have a spacious home on the west bank of the Snake River 
west of Shelley. It sits on a basaltic cliff looking down on the 
river and bridge. We still have sheep and do some farming. We 
are both semi-retired. 

Our children are: Dewaine, DelMar, Vaughn, Jean, Kenneth, 
and one girl Gloria Haws. Thirty-five grandchildren and nine 
great grandchildren. 

JESS ANDERSON - my blind brother 

My brother, Jesse, was born in the rock house. Although he 
was blind, he could find his way anyplace and up and down the 
long flights of stairs. It was a three story home. 

The doctor who took care of mother was a drunk, and neither 
she nor the baby was treated sanitarily. There was no heat nor 
electricity. Only an oil lamp. 

When Jesse was small, he went with me on a pony we had 
bought for Ernest Empey . The pony seemed real gentle until we 
put the shaves of the buggy on. The pony ran furiously, it threw 
Jesse out and the buggy landed in Sand Creek upside down, but the 
horse went home. 

I tried to help my younger brothers, as I was about the 
middle of the family. 

We had a pet elk that liked Jesse. One day he fell out the 
window. When we missed him, we called and searched for him. He 
had walked to the corral and was holding the elks hind legs. My 
dad whispered to Jesse and he walked out unharmed. He has bought 



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the tame elk from a man in Wyoming when it was old enough to 
wean. It was always with the cows, sheep and pigs, and it would 
kill some of them. It dragged a man and a horse across the ice 
so we had to get rid of the elk. Dad killed it. 

Jesse was always working with and for the blind. He has 
been all over the U.S. and has helped with braille for many more 
countries. 

He can play the piano beautifully. Has composed both words 
and music for songs. 

When Jesse was two years old, he fell into Sand Creek and 
had gone under. He had climbed over a "V" shaped panel where the 
stock were watered. I screamed and a Mr. Harkness came running. 
We pulled him out and pumped his lungs to get him to breathing 
again. He is still living today - 1980. 

Jesse met Edna Stewart, a missionary friend of his sister, 
Cleo, at Rexburg . Both Edna and Jesse attended the blind school. 
Jesse also attended college at Moscow, Idaho. He had a natural 
instinct for music so was not hard for him to write his own music 
for his songs. 

Joseph, his father, left an inheritance for Jesse. After it 
was used up, he was with a company that helped him get into 
church welfare. He worked with braille and was a big help with 
this under the church welfare with Bishop Clifford Judy of Ammon. 

Jess and Edna's marriage brought them two children: a boy 
and a girl. Both served on LDS missions. 

SPENCER AND LOTTIE WALKER COVERT 

Spencer and Lottie Walker Covert from Great Falls, Montana 
settled in Ammon, Idaho with their five children: Ruth, Willard, 
Katherine, Maude, and Earnest in December of 1904. 

In 1907 a baby boy was born to them. Unfortunately, he died 
only five hours after he was born. But in the next few years 
they were to be blessed with three more boys. In 1908, it was 
Spencer Jr. In 1911, Oren was born and in 1913 Delbert Steven was 
born. 

At this early time all the water was carried from the canal 
to the house in buckets, and then all the dirty water was carried 
back out again. 

Spencer made an unsuccessful attempt to dig a well in 1918. 
The well was dug by hand and cased in with wood all the way down 
to prevent cave-ins. He went seventy-five feet down before he 
finally gave up. There just wasn't any water down there. 

Every morning the children would walk about a mile to the 
west to attend school in a one room building. 

In 1914 the oldest child, Ruth Covert, married Wesley 
Russell Jr. These were my parents. I was born on the homestead 
in 1915. I have many fond memories of the homestead. 

I recall when my father was thinning beets for Mr. Anderson 
one day, an electrical storm came up and dad was struck by a 
lightning bolt. At the same time the family cow was also struck. 
Fortunately, the cow got the brunt of it. The cow was thrown 
in the air with the force of the bolt. Its neck was broken when 
it hit the end of the chain it was staked with. 

Grandfather called Brandle's meat market to see if the meat 



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could be used. When he was assured that it could, he, and my 
father dressed out the meat and it was used by the two families. 

I also remember the dances. Thomas Gates would play the 
violin. Cakes, pies and often even ice-cream was served during 
intermissions . 

The mothers brought quilts and made beds on the benches, 
which were pushed up against the walls, so the little ones could 
sleep while the parents danced. 

In the winter of 1918 the whole family got the flu which was 
so widespread that they called it the 1918 Flu. Doctor Muller 
came out in a sleigh from Idaho Falls to take care of the family. 

In 1919 we moved from that area but I will always have fond 
mem.ories of it. 

by Ella Holmquist, granddaughter 

Addition: 

When we were kids there was an old dipping vat used by the 
Andersons, I presume. This was not far from our home, on a hill 
about a mile or so to the west. first the sheep were sheared and 
then run through a creosote solution. This would kill ticks, and 
would keep the sheep from a disease called, scab. This made the 
sheep loose their wool and was very expensive for the sheep-men. 

This was an interesting process to watch but frightening 
also, it seemed that the sheep would have to swim to keep alive. 

by Ella Holmquist 

YOUNG SPENCER D. COVERT 
My mother was the daughter of Ace Nelson, of Hog Holler, she 
married the middle Spencer Covert. Many of the Covert men worked 
for the Nielsens, and the Andersons. I remember Ace Nelson as a 
leather m.an, he also made saddles. He lived in Ammon. 

OREN SPENCER 

I remember attending school about the last years the school 
house was used for school at Hog Holler, or Pleasant View. That 
was about 1918, 1919, 1920. Dances were held there for a few 
years after until about 1928, I remember tending my sister's 
children while she danced. The building was moved to Ammon. 

I can remember the old log school over near Oriole 
Anderson's place, that sat back from the road a distance. It was 
torn down and a frame one built. 

Walter Crow drove the school wagon, until he graduated to a 
Ford truck in 1926. The Ford Company converted into Model A 
1927. 

I recall that John Empey and Chris Anderson operated a 
saw-mill on Brush Creek, my dad and brothers bought that and 
operated in Sellars Creek and also in places along Long Valley 
and Sheep Mountain. It was at one of these saw mills that Ern 
Empey fell in the door after dragging a chain for three miles. 
It was at a saw mill that Old Bally Dean, the kidnap'er was 
apprehended and held hostage by a gun in the hands of Mrs. 
Covert. She and Mrs. Comeruill were cooking for the mill hands. 
Jack Dehlin bought the mill from Coverts, don't know where he 
operated . 

A Joe Covert bought and operated Striker's Saw Mill upon 
Mill Creek. Oren said, "I used to thin beets for Reuben 
Anderson. " 

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RICHARD I. TRACY by Beatrice (Dee) Tracy 

Dick, the name he went t5y, was born September 17,1876 in 
Mariott, Utah. The son of Helen Henry and Emma Maria Burdett 
Tracy. 

When Dick was about thirteen years old, he came to Idaho to 
live with his sister and brother-in-law, Naomi and Ben Richie. 
This was in 1889. He herded sheep for them for several years. 
Then he worked for Ephraim Empey in Ammon. As is so often the 
case, he met the farmer's daughter, Elsie Elizabeth Empey, who 
became his wife September 18, 1901 in the Salt Lake Temple. 

Elsie, was affectionately called Ettie, by her family and 
friends, was born May 6, 1882. She came with her parents from 
Fort Lehi, Utah. She was the daughter of Emphriam Shadrock and 
Sarah Ann Rodes Empey. 

The Empey ' s had moved to Ammon in 1888 with a team and 
wagon, to the John Empey home. There was no settlement at Ammon 
at the time, it belonged to lona Ward, and was called south lona. 

Ephraim homesteaded a farm one mile south of the Ammon store 
(Kel ley's) and built a two room log home. Later a two story 
brick house was built, and the children that were getting married 
lived in the log house. Possibly this is where Dick and Ettie 
lived. Ephraim raised the first crop of wheat around Ammon. 
Ettie worked in a store for a time, as a clerk. 

Ettie would help her brothers burn the sage brush at night 
that had been grubbed and plowed during the day. It made huge 
fires . 

Indians were a familiar sight, traveling from the Blackfoot 
Reservation to their hunting grounds near Jackson Hole. 

Deer would come right into the corral with the cows and at 
night the coyotes would give their hideous mournful howls that 
would keep the families awake. 

In June, 1890, Ettie was baptized in Sand Creek, one of the 
first to be baptized in this area. 

There were no bridges and all the creeks had to be forded. 
In the spring this was very frightening when crossing Big Sand 
Creek, the water would run into the wagon boxes and the horses 
had to swim at times to get across. 

When Ammon was still a branch of lona Ward, Ettie was one of 
the 18 children who comprised the 1st Sunday School. Albert Owen 
was the Superintendent and meetings were held in the school 
house, a log building which the men had hauled from the 
mountains. In the winter the snow would blow through the cracks 
and the children would hover around the pot-bellied stove in the 
middle of the room. 

Ephraim, Ettie' s father, raised the first American Flag in 
Ammon the day it became a ward in 1891. 

Dick built a two room frame house which they lived in soon 
after they were married. Dick was a carpenter by trade and built 
many of the Ammon homes, several of which are still standing. 

In 1905 Dick was town Marshall of Ammon. His duty was to 
keep order at the dances that were held in the Ammon vicinity. 

Eleven of their thirteen children were born in Ammon. 

Dick and Elsie homesteaded 160 acres m the foot hills six 
miles south, near Taylor Creek, probably what latter was known 
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The family would spend the summer months on this dry farm 
when school started, Ettie and the children would move back to 
Ammon for school . 

Later they bought other ground from Goethlib Blatter until 
they owned 640 acres. 

Due to the drought in 1819 they lost their homestead, 
purchaased land and all. They moved to Osgood where they lived 
for several years. 

Both Dick and Ettie were active in church and civic affairs 
all their lives. They worked hard to better the community where 
they lived. They were both exemplary parents and ones to be 
proud of. 

Dick passed away July 3, 1943 and Ettie died August 20, 
1965 leaving a large posterity to carry on. The children are: 
LaVern, LaVon, Emma, Irene, Dee, Elwood, Weldon, Bert, Merlin, 
Ruth and Edity, twins were born in 1919, died at birth. Two 
boys, Bert and Merlin were killed in action in World War II, and 
Weldon died in 1875. 

LaVerl, LaVon and Emma Sparr live in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 
Elwood in Salmon, Idaho. Dee lives in Firth, Idaho. Ruth OBrey 
in Narco, California. Edith Stoddard in Osgood and Irene 
Fiefield in Libby, Montana. 



SIMON MARTIN AND FAMILY 



Simon and his wife, Martha Wale 
he was born in 1863, they came to Ida 
Odd Fellows home on Holmes and 17th 
in the Dev;ey area where the children 

Oscar, a younger son, took over 
many years. The father gave the home 
the youngest son and was not so inv 
was Henry's wife, and was at the ranc 

Glenn and Grace Barr worked for 
well of them. They lived on a place 
a warehouse at the Hachman Junction 
Potato Company. Glenn and Grace wor 
years, they operated a homestead fo 
said Oscar was a great farmer and 
1933-35. 

The children are as follows: 



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resided. The following was taken fr 
Register . 

Judge Henry S. Martin, a native 
of Simon and Martha Martin pioneers, 
schools and the University of Idaho 
from George Washington University, Wa 



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of Idaho Falls was the son 
Judge Martin attended local 

and obtained his law degree 

shington, D. C. 



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He married 'Chloe (last name not given). He was appointed to 
the post by ^Governor C. A. Robbins, April 25, 1949 when Justice 
C. J. Taylor of Idaho Flls was elevated to the State Supreme 
Court. He received the unanimous endorsement of the 9th Jucicial 
District Bar Association then comprised of Bonneville, Jefferson, 
Madison, Teton, Clark, and Fremont Counties. 

In 1934, Henry started practicing in association with Ralph 
L. Albaugh veteran attorney. In 1942, he resigned his position 
as prosecuting attorney of Bonneville County, and enlisted in the 
Marine Corp. 

After the war he returned to Idaho Falls where he had kept 
his law office open and began practice with E. A. Owen, another 
long time lawyer. 

No one had indicated opposition to him in August 4, 
primaries, a candidate must indicate whom he chooses to succeed. 
Besides his career as a lawyer, he had many farming and business 
enterprises in the community, we know he passed away after 1979. 

PHINEAS AND MABEL BALL 

Born in North Carolina, convert to LDS church, son of James 
C. and Aseneth Marlow Ball. His family moved to Mannassa, 
Colorado, when Phineas was young. After his mother did he moved 
to Kaysville, Utah. Met Jeanette Cook from Syracuse, Utah. Were 
married in the Salt Lake Temple April 30, 1902. Moved to Ammon, 
Idaho to join his brothers, Aruthur, Leonard, and Willard who had 
come earlier. They were engaged in farming, and he became 
involved with them. 

Phineas built a beautiful home on his farm one mile east 
and 1/2/ mile north of Ammon. Jeanette died in July, 1924. He 
married Mabel Andrus April 19, 1928 in Logan, Utah temple. Sons 
and daughter: Mrs. Coleen Cook, Portland, Oregon, Richard P., 
Salt Lake City, Gerald K. Ball and Mrs. Herman (Sharon) Staggs of 
Ammon and eleven (11) grandchildren. 

Phineas was 85 when he died November 30, suffered a stroke. 
Funeral was in Ammon LDS church, burial in Ammon cemetery. His 
widow Mabel Ball, Leonard a brother from Long Beach, California, 
and Willard of Ammon, and one sister Mrs. George Hoppe of Salt 
Lake - were the family members remaining. 

LEONARD AND EVERETT PPURCELL 

The Purcell brothers came to Ammon in 1911, and worked for 
Leonard Ball for several years. 

Leonard married Tillie Blatter in 1915, and they spent 
their lives in Ammon farming. Leonard was a Supervisor of the 
Utah and Idaho Sugar Co. farms and rented them out for several 
years. He was also a member of the shcool board for 16 years, 
acting as Clerk and Chairman part of the time. (The amount of 
years were not made known) > Leonard was also a member of the 
cemetery board. 

In the early years in Ammon he took part in dramatics, the 
home troupe, in plays put on by the community. 

Leonard and Tillie had five children but only one, Mark, has 
remained in Ammon. They were: Waldon (deceased), Ceola (Dean 
Marshall), Mark, Rex, and Winnifred. Tillie worked in the school 
lunch program for several years, and was later supervisor of the 

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lunch program in District 93 until her death in 1961. Tillie was 
also president of the Ammon primary in the 1930 's. Miranda 
Stringham was the Trekker Leader and Guide Boys leader. 18 boys 
graduated from primary in the 11 to 12 age. 

Everett (21 birthday), Leonard's brother came to Ammon about 
the same time, possibly 1911. (I remember him marrying my Sunday 
school teacher, Elmira Anderson.) submitted by Miranda Stringham) 
Everett and Elmira also had five children: three girls 
(died) : (Naomi , Iris, Yvonne), Gerald, Merlin and an adopted 
sister, Sharon. Everett also farmed all his life east of Phineas 
Ball in the cove, joining Chris Anderson's on the west. Arland, 
the youngest son, is the only one who made a home in Ammon, where 
he still lives. Elmira died at 65 years of age. She also worked 
in the MIA in the ward. 

submitted by Ceola Purcell Marshall 

RICHARD JORDAN AND LILA JEAN FAUST from New Sweden 

The senior Jordans , Ray and Helen, bought from Clem Jordan 
in 1910. They came from Nebraska. the father came in 1916. 
They bought land that had been homesteaded by Lew Empey. 

Clem took over the fxam and later sold to Richard. Ray and 
Helen moved to Orem, Utah and lived there until their deaths. 

There was one 40 arce part of land and one 60 acre. This 
was divided giving both sons 50 acres. 

For 25 years the Jordan Brothers had milk cows and a dairy. 
They had registered Holsteins. They sold to Bob Hoffs, Inc. and 
sold the house to Dick Hoffs who was a sprayer of insecticides. 
There was once a small tree farm there. This Jordan spread was 2 
1/2 miles south of Kelley's Ammon Store. 

Richard went into real estate in Idaho Falls and moved 
there. He and Lila Jean had three children, 2 girls Jean 
(Matthews) and Florence (Thomas) , only one son, Richard. 

The Jordans were good neighbors and helped in deed. When 
Bryant and Miranda Stringham moved from their Mountain Ranch to 
Goshen, they had all the furniture on two sleighs. Bryant drove 
one with 4 head of horses, Miranda drove 2 head on another load. 
When they emerged from the hills, March 25, 1932, all the snov; 
was gone. As they arrived at Clem Jordan's place he let them and 
helped them transfer the load to wagons and took Miranda and 1 
year old baby, Floreine, in the house. It was so nice to get 
warm after being out in the cold all day. The Stringhams shall 
never forget this kindness. 

submitted by Richard Jordan 

LEWIS AND LOUISE HAMMER 

Lewis and Louise lived on the Rawson homestead when Abe Day 
had bought it. In later years they rented 40 acres of the 
Stanger farm 2 1/2 miles west of the Ammon store, they were west 
of Russell Everett. 

After Abe Day passed away, Louise and Lewis lived in the 
two-story Day home. Louise's health became a problem and they 
spent several winters in Arizona, taking Ada Campbell with her to 
nurse her. Alfred would go along and fish at first, then became 
an ardent Temple worker there. Ada would go to the temple quite 
often. 

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Louise passed away March 25, 1969 and Lewis died one year or 
a few months prior, August 19, 1968. Both had been workers in 
church and community affairs, Louise won a piano as a prize when 
a young lady and she learned to play it. 

Lewis and Louise's children: Dorothy (married Ira Judy), 
Holland (Bean), Fontella (Clawson) , Sharlene (Anderton) and 
Glenda (Sharp) . 

• — submitted by Dorothy Hammer Judy 

IRA JUDY AND DOROTHY HAMMER 

Dorothy was che oldest daughter of Lewis and Louise Hammer, 
She lived around Ammon most of her life. She attended elementay 
and high school at Ammon. 

These two lovers who had attended school and graduated 
together in 1938 were married in 1942. Both have lived most of 
their lives here, except one year in Montana. 

Dorothy trained to be a school teacher but only filled a 
substitutionary position, never a regular teacher. 

Ira and Dorothy purchased the Monroe Nance place on the edge 
of the hills. It also includes Preston Decl<5s, and some other 
where they live at present. Some is dry-farming and some is 
sprinkled. 

Six children were born to them: Twins, Richard and Raymond, 
Venita (Peterson) Dewain, Kent, and Susann (Kohler). They have 19 
grand children. Both parnets have been active in the 
organizations of the church and both are geneology workers. Ira 
does geneology and Sunday school. 

SYNDEY DAY 
Came from England. Sid always seemed to be living with his 
brothers people. He was never married, but homesteaded by 
himself, and could really play the piano for lively music. 

CHARLES TAWZER 1917 by Ida Tawser • 
It was rather an unusaual affair that brought the Tawzer's 
to Ammon. Ida Tornfflton's (Charlies wife) father, Henry, was 
crossing the Snake River Bridge in Idaho Falls, with his team and 
wagon. Some engineers were blasting under the bridge removing 
ice jams when the horses became frightened and hysterical. In 
the up-heavel and disaster, Henry's back was broken and he died, 
Tawzers had come from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the funeral in 
1913. A friend, August Meppen, father of Harry Meppen, knew Henry 
were he had homesteaded and when these friends met, Charles and 
Ida were persuaded to move to Idaho. This they did in 1917. 
They took over Mrs. Tornaton's 160 acres homestead, 1 mile east 
and one mile south of Kel ley's Store on Crowley Road. 

Today Ida lives with her only daughter. Hazel, on the farm 
they had lived on and loved very much. 

Charles and Ida had three children: Bud or Edwin, Elmer, 
and Hazel Tawzer. Elmer lives across the road from Lyle Anderson 
home there. 



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TOM SHURTLIFF by Arlene Shurtliff (granddaughter) 

My father was born in Downey or Cambridge, Idaho. My mother 
died when Tom was 13, the 4th child in a family of 10. Abe Day 
took him into their home in Ammon shortly after. Don't know 
exact date. 

Tom did not have much schooling in books, that is. The 
brothers and sisters of motherless family had hard time. Tom had 
to help keep them. 

Tom was married when he was 22 years old. Who? Two of 
their boys died with pneumonia and measles. The father 
homesteaded in Zona, then five more children were added to the 
family. When Rex, Arlene, Reva were born, mother almost died. 
She prayed to God to help the children learn the Gospel. She was 
allowed to live longer, and lived a fair life. Rex had gone with 
the Scouts, the mother was ill. He wanted his dad to go home. 
The mother died. 

Tom's word was as good as money, not much education but a 
good father to us as we grew up. We learned to enjoy the little 
we did have. 

While a constable in lona, he would take the ruffians out of 
the dance hall. He loved cattle and broke horses all his life. 
He could surely talk horses to anyone anywhere. His barn yard 
was always full of children. 

Tom married Nora Butler, and all of us had good times 
together. She made us feel happy. 

Tom was a good veterinarian, could do anything with horses 
and cattle. He worked at the stockyard many years. He received 
many inspirations and warnings of danger in his life. He broke 
horses for thousands of people. He helped with the War Bonnet 
Round-Up . He done his own saddling at the age of 93 and rides 
10 to 20 miles each day. 

Nora passed away in 1979. Now the children help him at 
their homes and care for him. Tom rode in the Posse in the War 
Bonnet Round-Up. He could train a horse in 2 days. 

Tom was grandfather to 23 grand children. He composed a 
poem, "Across the Country", he recites from memory. He also 
recites, "A Week Before Christmas on the Range." 

REED AND CORA JUDY ELKINGTQN 

The Elkingtons had come from Toole, Utah in 1924, and 
pruchased the old Bohn place on Squaw Creek. All improved and 
crops in. Reed and Dean were two of the older boys in the 
Elkington family. 

These two boys Dean and Reed married sisters, Cora and 
Nellie Judy. The girs were raised in Ozone and Ammon. Their 
father was one of the first homesteaders where they helped build 
the two school houses and where Aaron Judy, their father was 
bishop for some twelve years. They came to the hills about 1910. 

The Judy children attended school at Ozone, Ammon and 
Rexburg. Cora taught school at Birch Creek and Glenore. All the 
Judy boys filled missions. 

They met the Elkington boys in the hills, and did double 
dating. " Their first double date was to a dance at Gray's Lake, 
thirty miles away. They had cars by this time so could go 
faster. This first date led to others, until it was a double 

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wedding in 1932. Both boys shared carrying the mail, when Bryant 
Stringham was through with his four years, 1926-1930, from 1930 
to 1934 the Elkingtons, from Bone to Idaho Falls. 

The couples bought the ranch after the father, Mr. 
Elkington, retired. They raised Hampshire sheep and Hereford 
cattle, all registered stock. 

The couples took turns wintering on the ranch, until another 
house was built. Each boarded the school teacher at Birch Creek 
school. Their families started coming. People did not know 
which was Reed's and which was Dean's, they were all as close as 
bothers and sisters. 

In 1944 the boys bought the Jolin Empey farm together, on 
Sunnyside Road. Reed and Cora lived in the big house until 1945, 
when they built a brick home south of the big one. Dean and 
Nellie lived in it. 

Both girls liked to do handwork and quilts. 

Reed and Cora had six children: Karen (Sparks) , Glenna 
(Walker), Edwin (Elaine Hall), Keith and Brent live on the ranch 
at Squaw Creek. 

The Elkingtons have twenty-five grand children and seven 
great grand children. 

Today the school bus goes from Ammon and buses the children 
from Bone and the hills. 

At the Golden Wedding in 1982, the couples had another 
reception in their Ward, a double affair, and well attended. 

DEAN AND NELLIE JUDY ELKINGTON 

Dean and Nellie were the other involved in the double 
wedding . 

Dean was the oldest son of William H. and Elzie McLaws of 
Toole, Utah. He was the first child of seven born June 1909. 

Dean attended school in Toole until he was in the 9th grade. 
His folks moved to Idaho. His father was a third generation 
brick-mason. 

William, the father, had come to Idaho in the winter to see 
the Old Bohn place they bought. It was twenty miles from Idaho 
Falls, on Squaw Creek, two miles north of Bone. 

The Elkingtons had obtained a house in Idaho Falls so Dean 
attended three years of high school in Idaho Falls, as there was 
no school nor high school in the hills. 

Dean met Nellie Judy at her sister's where she, Cora, was 
teaching school in the hills. He courted Nellie for 1 1/2 years. 

Both couples were married in 1932. Dean and Nellie lived in 
a one room cabin on the ranch. 

In 1944, Reed, Cora and us, purchased the John Empey place, 
in 1945 a new house of brick was built south of the old big hom.e. 

Dean and Nellie were active in the church, he had been a 
counselor in Bishopric twice, Sunday school superintendent, 
general chairman, stake farm supervisor, HP teacher. In 1953 the 
Ammon ward was divided. Dean was put in as Bishop where he worked 
until 1959. 

In 1972-'73 Dean and Nellie were in the Northern Indian 
Mission. They served as Temple officators. 

In 1982, double Golden Wedding, celebrated with Reed and 
Cora at their ward, and well attended. 

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WILLIAM LINDSAY 

William and Emma Carter came to Ammon real early. They 
homesteaded at Trail Hollow in 1913. Their homestead was above 
Swaths,-^, at the b^a^ of Noon Creek. Their first cabin was just 
across from their new neighbors but they moved it about a mile up 
on the other end of their claim, because of a nice spring there. 
This was in 1912 or 13. 

The Lindsays attended all summer activities at Ozone Ward, 
but spent winters in Ammon where they lived in a little log cabin 
on what is now Owen Street. This was west of the school a block 
or so. Here the children attended shcool , Bill, as he was 
called, was a cheerful man and always had time to play with 
children and to talk to them, as they passed by on their way to 
shcool. He was also kind to the widows and the needy. 

There were seven children in the family: Laverl, (Myrtle 
Ball), Gladys moved to Kentucky, Serai, store in California, 
Myrtle (Jenkins) farmer, Clea (Charles Clark) farmer, Arlene 
(Anderson) farmer, Sherid lives in Idaho Falls. 

(The following was from Arlene Anderson and Clea Clark) 

Clea said, "Golda Simmons was my teacher when I was in the 
5th grade in Ammon before my family moved to lona. I attended 
all my school years in Ammon, graduated 1926." 1928, my first 
husband, Eugene Clapp and I had five boys by him. After he died 
she married Charles Clark, he had a farm near Jamestown, they 
live there now. 

Clea said, "Archie Dayley and D. T. Williams were the 
authority. Earl Soelberg taught the eighth grade when I 
graduated" 

All of the Lindsays were good mixers, and loved people 
everywhere. 

KINGSLEY LINDSAY 
Lived with his mother near Bill and family, and attended 
school in Ammon. Later he worked for the railroad in Pocatello, 
so moved away. He was a cousin to Bill Lindsay, was very good to 
his widowed mother. King was in the army in World War I. He 
married Emily Roberts, and had four children: Lamar, Jeanette, 
Donald and Mary. 

LEE, JOSEPH, CHRIS AND NELS by Wilmer Lee 

There were nine hundred Danes on the boat that brought 
Nelson, Peter and Helena Mickelson (Peter's wife) from Denmark. 
After they came to this country, Peter changed his name to Chris. 

They sailed sometime prior to 1864 because they arrived in 
Huntsville, Utah in that year. They came from Farr West to Ammon 
in 1903. 

Joseph and Nelson (Nels) were brothers. There was nineteen 
children in the families, so they evidently lived in polygamy. 

They found a place one mile south and one-half miles west of 
the store. Joseph was across the street from Hyrum, his brother, 
both bought their farms as most of the homesteading around the 
valley had been taken by 1900. 

Chris was a merchant. His sons, John, Hyrum, Henry, Joseph 
and Nels came to Idaho and farmed. 

In 1897, Joseph married Rosa Thomai and their children were: 

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J. William, Wiley/ Selmav Delia, Dale, Bessie, and Eldon. All 
attended school in Ammon. 

Joseph was a stockman when he and his wife came to Idaho. 
They had one son, Wilmer who as born in Farr West, Utah. 

Wilmer tells of attending school in a one room log house - 
with all the grades in the same room. Laney P. Neilsen was 
principal of Ammon schools for years. Some of the teachers 
Wilmer remembers are: Charles Owen, Miss Cotton, Miss Olsen, and 
Mr. Stock. Catherine Dunn taught the lower grades. 

One thinks of the Ammon Band when the Lee boys, Joseph and 
Nels, are mentioned. The band would serenade in a beet wagon and 
horses to Hammer's corner, then on to Zona and Lincoln. 

When celebrations of the 4th and 24th of July were 
celebrated the band had a big part in it. 

There were no trees in Ammon so a bowery was built to keep 
out the scalding summer sun. It was surprising how cool the^f^e 
boweries were, for Idaho nearly always had a breeze and it, 
blowing through this shady covering made sitting there very 
inviting. by Desmond Lee 

Nels was the youngest son and he had a better chance to 
learn how to direct music. He not only directed the choir and 
other singing, but organized the Ammon Brass Band. Those who 
played in the band can be remembered are: Wilmer Lee, trumpet; 
Nelson Lee, trumpet; Joseph Lee, baritone horn; Al Carter, bass 
horn, Leo J. Neilsen, bass drum; David Campbell, snare durm; L. 
P. Neilsen, alto horn; Gottlieb Blatter, saxaphone; Erivn 
Campbell, alto horn; Phineas Ball, alto horn; Jesse Crow, slide 
trombone; Charles Owen, slide trombone. There may have been 
others. 

NELS SEVERIN LEE 

My father, Nels Severin Lee, was born May 20, 1880, at 
Huntsville, Utah. He was seventh son of his fathers. His 
parents were immigrants from Denmark. They crossed the plains 
with an ox ream and endured all the hardships of pioneer life. 

Having been born into a large family father soon learned the 
value of hard work, and cooperation. Being a normal boy he had 
his share of disappointments and also happy moments. He loved 
all boyish sports and especially horse-back riding and spent many 
hours on his favorite horse. 

At sixteen he was taught by David 0. McKay at Weber College. 
It was here he probably learned his first music, as he became 
both director of band and choir after becoming a man. 

Nels came to the Snake River Valley in 1903. He married 
Lena Frances Helmandol lar , who was my mother. She was born in 
Lewiston, Cache County, Utah August 2, 1882. 

She was the fourth child of John Floyd Helmandol lar , and 
Mary Virginia Clark. Her mother passed aaway when she was only 
two years old, her father tried for a time to raise his small 
brood but it was to much for him to cope with. He adopted mother 
out to a family by the name of Mclntire, who lived in the same 
area as my father. 

When they were grown rhey fell in love and were married 
April 16, 1902, in the Salt Lake Temple. 

In 1903, Nels father, moved to Harrisville, tnen en to 

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Idaho. The Lee's lived in Ammon or south of there for many 
years, Nels was a member of the LDS church, held office of a high 
priest. Was president of the Elders Quorum and a home 
missionary. Nels sang and directed the band for many years. He 
sang at many funerals, and was also choir director for many 
years. When one thinks of the Ammon Band they think of the Lee 
boys, Joseph and Nels. Nels was in music director for 45 years. 

Nels was a trustee of school board, a road supervisor, and 
organizer, and a constable. He was also custodian of the Post 
Register, for many years. He bought his farm on the south edge 
of Ammon. 

The children that were born to Nels and his wife: Desmond, 
in Utah; Cliff, Lila, Edris, Nina, Treva, Ora, May, Fay and 
Melvin all born in Idaho. 

Desmond, the oldest son, worked for the Union Pacific out of 
Idaho Falls for forty six years. 

He first married Vida Thornton and later was separated. He 
married a nurse, Etta Terry. Both wives were nurses and the wives 
of their four sons were nurses. 

Desmond and his wife still reside in Idaho Falls. 
By Desmond Lee 

JOSEPH LEE 

Joseph came to Idaho in 1897. The brother of Nels Lee. 
Most of his history is written under Lee, Joseph, Chris, and Nels 
preceeding. 

In 1916, Joe bought the Joe Empey farm joining his. He 
worked for many years for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. He 
worked for the railroad, he was a choir leader, and helped by the 
electric organ in Ammon Chapel. 

The Nels and Joe Lee families were an assest to the 
community where they, lived. Both have passed away, and are 
buried in the Ammon Cemetery. 

SINGLEY, JAMES THOMAS By Exey S. Soelberg 

James' people came from Germany real early and were 
followers of Martin Luther's religion. They migrated from 
Germany to England and came to Georgia and lived on a land grant 
from the King of England. This was in South Carolina. 

John Lewis was on my mothers line and he married Emily Cole 
in 1845. He was a Yankee prisoner in the Civil War and left 
there in 1863. 

James Jackson was my grandfather and married Amelia Preston, 
from England. This is the names of their children: Lewis, Ledee 
(Willard); James Thomas, Hattel (Mayo); Ella (McClure) ; Emma 
(Maddox) ; Dora (Mayf ield) . 

My grandfather, James Jackson, enlisted at age fifteen in 
the Civil War. He was built short and stocky. 

My mother's maiden name was Laura McClure. His fathers name 
was James McClure and was from Ireland. He owned many slaves and 
large amounts of property. 

My father, James Thomas was a hard worker and had the 
respect of those he worked for. He attended the public schools 
and he liked to dance. He owned a horse and buggy to take his 
sweetheart in. 

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In the fall of 1898 two Mormon missionaries came to Thomas 
and Laura's home. This young couple were not satisfied with the 
Methodist Church they were attending, so they invited the Elders 
to stay overnight and t^i^ed to confound them. Both Thomas and 
his father were baptized just before Christmas, 1899. The other 
memebers of the family waited until spring, but all of us were 
converts to this new LDS church. We were; Exey (Solberg) ; Ethel 
(Ball); William Carson, Hattie, Beulha (Anderson); Lois 
(Tingey) ; Betty (Tingey) ; Fred, Elizabeth (Ortiz); Berniece 
(Everett) ' Varana (Crosby) ; and Wilton. 

In 1911, Thomas would read to the children and they sang 
songs together. They moved from Jackson to Buchaman and worked 
in the cotton fields. Thomas was superintendent of the Sunday 
school in the little branch and Exey was organist. All the 
others were active in the church there. Later Thomas was 
president of a little branch in Georgia. 

In 1915, the Singley men moved to Ammon, Idaho through the 
efforts and sponsorship of the Ball brothers. Here on the Ball 
ranch they worked for wages. 

Laura, and nine of the younger children remained in the 
south until her expected baby came and they could get their place 
sold there and also the livestock. They came on the train in 
December of 1916 and the snow drifts were ten to fifteen feet 
high. It was a real bad winter. 

Father was superintendent of the Sunday school and mother 
was a teacher. 

Father was strict about late hours and had the children 
observe the ten pm curfew. He also believed in rising early and 
always had morning prayers. 

In 1934, after the folks had moved to a house of their own 
in the townsite, mother took very ill. It was discovered she had 
a malgigancy on her head. She was taken to Salt Lake to no 
avail. She died that year. Dad died in 1948 in September of a 
brain injury. Both are buried in Ammon Cemetery. 

The Singley family have all been an asset to the community. 

I, Exey, married Earl Soelberg who had filled a mission and 
who was a teacher at Ricks College. We were married January 31, 
1918 and he was drafted the following October for World War I, 
but before they called his number, the Armistice was signed 
November 11, 1918 and was home to stay. I was pregnant and was 
so glad he did not have to go. 

We bought a little brown bungalow home near Clarence Clark's 
home on East 17th and lived there very happy. (In Idaho Falls) . 

One morning as I was bathing our first son, Cornelius, I 
found a red spot on his cheek. I put him into his crib and 
called Dr. Blood, a baby specialist. The doctor prononced it 
Ericypilus, and wrapped him in guaze. It was all over his little 
body. 

Earl administered to him and he came home a well boy. We 
know it was through our constant prayers. 

In 1918, the influenza was rampart all over the country. 
The nation was declared a disaster epidemic, but not one of our 
family was affected. 

Fred and Lottie Singley served a mission at the Joseph Smith 
home in the east. They served there two five year terms. Fred 

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was the mission president. 

There has been twelve great grand sons of Thomas Singley 
fill missions. The girls have all held responsible positions in 
the church. 

The children of Exey and Earl are: Cornell, Winston, Dean, 
Eileen (McKenney) ; Renee (Page); Betty (Larsen) ; Bryce, and 
Marilyn (Morrow) . 

LARS PETER CHRISTIAN NEILSEN from Jesse Neilsen's Journal 

Not all the Danes came from Denmark as an adopted son of 
Neilsen. His mother had four other children, her namie was Sidse, 
four of them died enroute to the valley. From the diary of Jesse 
Neilsen it is found the Neilsen were emigrants in 1862. Lars 
Peter, the subject was seven years old. They came via New 
Orleans, and up the Mississippi to Florence, Nebraska. 

The mother, Sidse, and seven year old Peter came by 
hand-cart. Peter became very ill and his mother had to carry 
him. There was 600 saints at winter quarters. These two arrived 
in Salt Lake with 50 cents, no relatives. Sidse met and married 
a bachelor Thomas Anderson, who disliked the adopted boy Peter. 
This child was hungry most of his life. Peter worked hard for 
his step-father and asked for an ox as pay. 

Peter and the ox left home, they worked at Malad, an 
apostate put him in jail, and fed him mouldy cheese. There were 
others with him, the boys burned the cheese and the jail, and 
were turned loose. 

Peter took his step-fathers name and called himself, PETE 
THOMAS. He was called on a church mission for two years, to work 
on the church farm. This was at Bear River City, this fund was 
to help the emigrants who had no place to work. 

Peter had heard of a girl, the daughter of the farm manager, 
Sarah Hansen, as being a tomi-boy, and a tease. She could walk a 
picket fence, or peek off the roof and challenge the boys to do 
it. 

Peter met this girl at a watering trough, where she was 
grating potaotes for starch. He was to bashful to speak. She 
was cheerful and full of fun and later became his wife. She was 
good seamstress. Sarah got an infection in her leg and was 
crippled, Peter went to Ogden to see her, there's where the 
romance began. Her leg was amputated, and after she and Peter 
were married he bought her a light cork leg, easy to handle. She 
had a slight swing as she walked. She was very talented and 
taught the other ladies new crochet stitches. Her laugh was 
contagious and every one loved her and admired her. 

Sarah and Peter had four boys and two girls: L.P. (Lanny) , 
Leonidas (Leo), Jesse Hans, Edwin Ole (died), Edna Louise 
(married Rolf Wold), and Sarah. All of these children lived in 
Ammon and were outstanding citizens of the town. Jesse became 
county superintendent, Leo state representative, Lanny school 
principal, all Neilsen lived in Ammon. 

All of them filled mission and were active church members. 

Peter was called on a mission from Brigham City, and left 
the mother and children. Lanny was the oldest about fourteen. 
He left Sarah pregnant, the second night after the birth of the 
tiny girl, Sarah, the mother took blood poison and died. 

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Peter of course had to come home. He had a hard time caring 
for the family but was very thoughtful of the Neilsen's took in a 
young girl to help. Her name was Matilda. Later Peter married 
her and she was good to his little family. 

In 1905, Peter sold his small acres, and the entire family 
moved to Idaho. They bought a 160 acres of land about six miles 
east of Idaho Falls what is now Ammon cemetery. Later Leo 
Neilsen gave part of the land for the Ammon cemetery. 

The boys wanted to obtain more land for their sheep, they 
were sheep men. Leo and Jesse took, up and proved up on 
homesteads on Hell and Dan Creek in the mountains, their families 
spent five summers there, so they could get possession. 

All the boys spent time at BYU College in Logan, which gave 
them ideals of learning. It rather grieved Peter that none of 
the boys wanted to farm, however they helped when they could. 
Lanny was a school teacher, and became principal for years. 
Jesse a county superintendent, and Leo a merchant. He was well 
known in Ammon as were the other sons. Leo operated a mercantile 
store for many years. 

All the boys filled missions. 

Two or three years after moving to Ammon, Peter and Mathilda 
filled some mission for two years in Denmark, and three short six 
month missions. 

ELEPHANTS 

One day soon after coming to Idaho, Peter drove into Idaho 
Falls from Ammon business, while there he witnessed a sight never 
to be forgotten. 

There was a circus in town, and 22 of the elephants 
stampeded. Their trainers tried desperately to hold them back by 
pulling chains around their feet. They went around the corner of 
buildings with such force it tore bricks off the corner of the 
building. 

A few minutes later they pulled entirely away and made a mad 
charge for the Snake River close by. They were so mad they 
jumped in. 

The river at this point, just below the falls, is extremely 
deep, and swift, everyone thought the elephants would be drowned. 
They disappeared under the water, but through instinct put their 
trunks up to the surface for air. 

In this manner they passed under the old Broadway Bridge, 
and were swept down stream to where the water was more calm. 
Here they were able to swim ashore. 

Their trainers found them and herded them back to the tents 
which were got up on the west side along where the Westbank Motel 
now is. 

Peter always drove a spirited team and on another day in 
town, the team ran away and threw him out of the carriage, 
causing an injury to his kidney. This happened in 1913. Afner 
this happened his health began failing, he gave up his hard work 
and built a comfortable home on Ammon townsite, just across from 
where Leo his son lived. He kept his family near, one boy and 
two girls living within a block, and his two sons in Idaho Fall, 
five miles away. 

Peter died January 22, 1922 and is buried in Amm^on cemetery. 

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WILLARD BALL 
The Ball Brothers, Arthur, Leonard, Phineas, Willrd, and some 
sisters were converts to the LDs church from Georgia, just out of 
Atlanta . 

Willard met the little southern girl, Ethel Singley, and 
married her. They have twelve children; Violet, Lionel, Purcell, 
Marvell, Water, Lorraine, Elmoyne, Margene, Moris, Laura, Elam, 
Geneal , and Barbra. Most of the boys worked with cattle. Elam 
was a cement man. 

After Willard and Ethel were married, they lived on 
Leonard's place. In 1927 they bought forty acres where they live 
now, across from John Empey ' s corners. 

All the boys served their country, either Air Force or Army, 
in the World War II, and in the Korean activity. 

Willard served in World War I. 

Most of the children live in Idaho and Utah. One is in 
Minnesota . 

Last year, the Stoddard Studio, made a beautiful picture of 
the group still living. All our children attended shcools in 
Ammon . 

We have seen many changes since we built here in 1927. Old 
Ammon is about gone. by Ethel Ball 

THE FOLLOWING NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND, NOR ANY RELATIVE OF THEM 

James Walter Ackroyd 

John Goulding 

John Henry Melville 

Clarence Rowe possible married once to Etta Molen 

probably related to Shelley's 
Emil Alvers, son of C. F. and Mary Rohnee 
William H. Howard and Mary Perkins 
Lemuel and Jane Mc Kay Henderson 
Elmer Jensen 

ARMSTRONG'S CHILDREN 
Annette (Lundquist) ranchers at Swan Valley 

Blair a chemical engineer 

Cheryl (Fogg) husband a doctor 

Beverly (Graham) farmer 

Brent attorney in Idaho Falls, also insurance 

business 
Cathy (Callister) husband also an attorney 

by a brother Joe Armstrong 



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LAST WAGON THROUGH THE HOLE-IN-THE-ROCK . . . . 

By Ramond Smith Jones 
As told to his wife, Adell 

My grandfather, Joseph Stanford Smith, was only five years 
old when his parents Joseph H. and Maria Stanford Smith, and 
their families set sail from Liverpool, England to the United 
States. The family had been converted to Mormonism in their 
native Staffordshire and were on their way to join the saints in 
Utah. They sailed on the old Samuel Curling in April, 1855. 
They landed in New York a month later. It was October before 
they reached Salt Lake City, having come across the plains with 
the Milo Andq-uS- Handcart Company. The elders walked all the 
way. In December of that year, they were sent to the Iron Mission 
in Southern Utah and settled in Cedar City. Here Stanford grew 
to manhood. 

Arabella Coom.bs was born in Colorado and migrated with her 
parents to the Iron Mission. In 1870 she and Standford were 
married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. She was 
seventeen. A pretty dark haired girl - pleasing plumb. Stanford 
was twenty, tall and thin with brown hair and blue eyes. They 
set up housekeeping in Cedar City. 

In 1879, word came to them from church leaders that they 
were among the families chosen to found a colony in the far off 
corner of San Juan County in Southern Utah. About eighty 
families from Cedar City, Parawan and Paragoonah answered the 
call, perhaps not cheerfully but certainly without question. 
They gathered at the frontier town of Escalante and when word 
came from the scouts that a place had been found to cross the 
Colorado River, the caravan started out. 

Standford had a stout covered wagon and two teams. With 
him were his wife, Arabella and their three little children, Ada 
Olivia, five,; Elroy, three, and George Abraham, just six months 
old. 

When the crevice, through which the scouts thought the 
wagons could be taken down to the river was reached the men were 
dismayed. It would take weeks, some even said months, of hard 
work to make a passageway. It was already October and the 
supplies were rapidly diminishing. Perhaps they should turn back 
and find an easier route. 

But church authorities said: "No, proceed at any cost." 

So groups of families back-tracked at camp at the springs: 
Rock Corral, Soda Springs, 50-Mile and 40-Mile. At the latter 
was a great natural bowl carved by erosion in the sandstone. On 
its smooth floor the older men, the women and children danced to 
pass away the long evenings and forget their cold and hunger. 



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Grandfather used to tell how they even shared gophers and 
made stew of them to supplement the meager rations. The younger 
men set about carving a road down through the Hole. It took them 
three months to do it — a road more like a crude staircase down 
which they hoped they could take their wagons. 

The families were called to the rim and the descent was 
begun. The wagons were lowered one at a time, with locked wheels 
and ropes attached to the rear axles, then belayed around a stout 
juniper post, solidly embedded in the rock rim. The strongest 
men slowly played out the ropes, letting the wagons descend as 
easliy as possible. 

As road foreman, Stanford had seen little of his family for 
weeks. He was laboring to exhaustion, first at the rock cut, 
then on the ferry and the long dugway up the opposite bank of the 
treacherous river. 

At last the word came that all the wagons were down, and the 
crossing on the ferry began. Stanford looked around for his 
family and wagon, but they were nowhere in sight. He dropped his 
shovel and climbed to the top of the crevice. 

There, huddled in a heap of tattered quilts on packed dirty 
snow he found his wife, her baby swathed in blankets in her arms. 

"Stanford, I thought you'd never come," she exclaimed. 

"But where are the other children and the wagon?" he asked. 

"They're over there. They moved the wagon back while they 
took the others down." She pointed to a rusty stovepipe showing 
above a huge sandstone boulder. 

For a moment Stanford's face flushed with rage. He threw 
his hat on the ground and stompoed it = as was his habit when he 
was angry. 

"With me down there helping get their wagons on the raft, I 
thought some one would bring my wagon down. Drat 'em!" 

"I've got the horses harnessed and things all packed." 
Belle breathlessly assured him as they ran toward the wagon. 
Stanford hooked up the team. Two at the tongue, and old Nig tied 
to the rear axle. The fourth horse, a cripple, had died at 
50-Mile spring. 

The children woke up, tumbled from their beds in the wagon 
and wanted to help. Stanford climbed in and unlocked the 
brakes — and paused long enough to give each of the youngsters a 
bear hug. 

Arabella climbed in and laid the baby on the bed and 
Stanford started the team toward the crevice through which the 



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wagon must go to cross the river. 

"I'll cross-lock the wheels. Please throw me the chains. 
Belle." 

She did as he asked, and then jumped down to help. Stanford 
took her arm and they walked to the top of the crevice, where 
hand in hand they looked down — ten feet of loose sand, then a 
rocky pitch as steep as the roof of a house and barely as wide as 
the wagon — below that a dizzy chute down to the landing place, 
once fairly level but now plowed up with wheels and hoofs. Below 
that, they could not see, but Stanford knew what was down there 
— boulders, washouts, dugways like narrow shelves. But it was 
that first drop of 150 feet that frightened him. 

"I am afraid we can't make it," he exclaimed. 
"But we've got to make it," she answered calmly. 

He used to tell us she was the most gallant thing he had 

ever seen as she stood there defiant, blood-smeared, 

dirt-begrimmed, and with her eyes flashing dared him to 
sympathize. 

In a shaky voice he asked, "How did you make it. Belle?" 
"Oh, I crow-hopped right along I" she answered. He looked 
away. 

He walked to the apparently lifeless form of Nig, felt his 
flank. It quivered under his hand and Nig tried to raise his 
bruised and battered head. 

Stanford then looked back up the crack. Up there on the 
sharp rocks a hundred feet above him waved a piece of white 
cloth, a piece of her garment. Why she had been dragged all the 
way! 

"Looks like you lost your handkerchief. Belle." He tried to 
force a laugh, instead he choked and grabbed her to him, his eyes 
going swiftly over her. A trickle of blood ran down her leg 
making a pool on the rocks. "Belle, you're hurt! And we're 
alone here." 

"Old Nig dragged me all the way down," she admitted. 

"Is your leg broken?" he faltered. 

She wouldn't have his sympathy; not just yet anyway. "Does 
that feel like it's broken?" she fairly screamed, and kicked his 
shin with fury. 

He felt like shaking her, but her chin began quivering and 
he had to grin, knowing by her temper she wasn't to badly hurt. 
He put his arms around her and both began crying, then laughing 
with relief. 

They had done iti Had taken the last wagon down — alone. 



Stanford put Belle on the bed in the wagon, found the medicine 
kit and cleaned the long gash in her leg. 

"Darling, will you be all right?" 

"Of course I will. Just leave me here and go as fast as you 
can for the children." 

"I'll hurry," he flung over his shoulder and began the steep 
climb up the incline they had just come down. 

He passed old Nig, who was trying to regain his feet. He 
climbed too fast and became dizzy. He slowed down, and looked 
around. He had driven a wagon down that fearful crevice, and 
dragged his wife behind. Her clothes and flesh torn, ans she had 
gamely said she'd 'crow-hopped right along.' God bless her 
gallant heart 1 He kicked the rocks at his feet and with tears 
streaming down his face lifted his hat in salute to Arabelle, his 
wife. 

"Papa, Papal" a faint call came from far up the crevice. 

He answered: "Papa's coming, Ada!" 

They went back to the wagon where Stanford checked the 
harness, the axles, the tires, the brakes. He looked at Belle, 
and felt a surge of admiration for this brave, beautiful girl. 
They had been called to go to San Juan, and they would go. With 
such a wife, no man could retreat. 

"If only we had a few men to hold the wagon back we might 
make it. Belle." "I'll do the holding back," said Belle, "on old 
Nigs lines. Isn't that what he's tied back there for?" 

"Any man with sense in his head wouldn't let a woman do 
that," he cried. "What else is there to do?" she countered. 

"But Belle the children?" 

"They will have to stay up here. We'll come back for them." 

"And what if we don't come back?" 

"We'll come back. We've got toi" answered Belle. 

Carefully she set three-year-old Roy on a folded quilt back 
from the crevice. Between his short legs she put the baby and 
told him: "Hold little brother 'til papa comes for you." 

She told Ada to sit in front of her brothers and say a 
little prayer. She kissed each one and tucked quilts snugly 
around them. "Don't move dears. Don't even stand up. As soon 
as we get the wagon down papa will come back for you!" 




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To take Belle's mind off the children, Stanford told her to 
test Nig's lines. "Pull back as hard as you can, I bet you 
couldn't pull the legs off a flea." Arabella wrapped the lines 
around her strong supple hands. Stanford got aboard. "Here we 
go. Hold tight to your lines." Arabella smiled at her little 
brood. "We'll be right back," she called. 

Stanford braced his legs against the dashboard and they 
started down through the Hole-in-the-Rock. The first lurch 
nearly pulled Belle off her feet. She dug her heels in to hold 
her balance. Old Nig was thrown to his haunches. Arabella raced 
after him and the wagon holding to the lines with desperate 
strength. Nig rolled to his side and gave a shrill neigh of 
terror. "His dead weight will be as good as a live one," she 
thought. 

Just then her foot caught between two rocks. She kicked it 
free but lost her balance and went sprawling after old Nig. She 
was blinded by the sand which streamed after her. She gritted 
her teeth and hung on to the lines. A jagged rock tore her flesh 
and hot pain ran up her leg from heel to hip. The wagon struck a 
huge boulder. The impart jerked her to her feet and flung her 
against the side of the cliff. 

The wagon stopped with the team wedged under the tongue and 
Stanford leaped to the ground and loosened the tugs to free the 
team then turned to see what had happened to Arabella. There she 
stood, her face white against the red sandstone. 

His voice echoed and re-echoed among the rocks as he called 
to the children over and over. 

At last he reached the top to find the three little ones 
sitting where their mother had left them. 

"God stayed with us," said Ada. "The baby's gone to sleep 
and my arm's 'most broke'," said Roy. Little George woke up and 
smiled a toothless grin. 

Stanford Smith lifted the baby tenderly in his arms, took 
his son's hand in his, and with Ada clinging to his pocket, went 
down to Arabelle. 

Stanford's wagon lumbered out of the canyon, the team 
limping painfully. Old Nig followed behind on trembling legs, 
his hide torn and bleeding in places. 

Just before they, reached the river's edge, five men came 
into view just ahead of them, carrying chains and ropes. 

"Look, Stanford," she said, "They are coming to help." 

He cracked his whip and shouted to his team and bore down on 
the men evidently without any intention of stopping. They 

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jumped out of the road just in time. 

"We came back to help you," one of them began, but Stanford 
cut him short. "How's the ferry, boys? Any of it left for us?" 

"Brother Smith, we didn't — ," Again he was cut short. 
Stanford hadn't gotten over the bitterness he felt when his 
family and wagon were left stranded above the Hole-in-the-Rock. 
He glanced at Arabella. She was pale. He remembered her 
gallant conduct, and was ashamed of his own ill temper. 

"Forget it fellows. We managed it. My wife here is all the 
help a fellow needs." Arabella's smile forgave his petulance. 
They went down to the ferry, followed by the abashed men. The 
wagon was loaded onto the raft. Arabella lay on the pallet at 
the raft's edge and watched red cliff walls recede, then closed 
her eyes and slept. When Stanford lifted her to the wagon an hour 
later she was completely relaxed. 

After they got up out of the canyon of the Colorado there 
was still a long slow journey to reach their final destination at 
Montezuma Creek on:; the east side of: the Saa'Juan Rivera Fon; two 
and a half more months the tired caravan plodded eastward from 
the Colorado, hewing its way through juniper forests, fighting 
mud which balled the wheels into solid disks, sliding down the 
slick clay hills where the wheels could get no traction, climbing 
from the canyon to the mesa and back to canyon over and over 
again. 

Each mile of the long trek was a fight to conquer weariness, 
hunger, discouragement and fear, in bitter winter weather. 
Finally they came to their last barrier — San Juan Hill. For a 
week they pitted their strength against its slippery sandstone 
and almost gave up. But they had to make itl And they did, but 
the trail was strewn with broken spokes, worn out shoes, 
livestock that had collapsed from exhaustion. Men toiled and 
sweating goading the wagons on and up. 

The caravan finally crawled back to the San Juan's brink and 
found between weird bluffs of many-colored sandstone a tiny green 
valley. They stopped because they could go no farther. Here was 
grass, water, good soil — a place to rest and recuperate. It had 
a fierce untamed beauty that refreshed them. There were fish in 
the river and rabbits in the willows — food. They decided to call 
their new home Bluff. 

"End of the Trail," sand out one of the men. "This is San 
Juan." "But it's so small-no bigger than a backyard," protested 
his wife. "Where is r the for-t? The- Indians?^ Oar own- people-?" (A- 
settlement had already been established at Montezuma) . 

"This is not Montezuma, but it's decided we stay here. We 
can't go on." Some of the women refused to believe this small 
parcel of land was their destination and were reluctant to get 

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down from the wagons. Others leaped down with eagerness, ready 
to make a home here. Arabella and her friend, Mary Jones, were 
eager to pick out their plots, adjoining as they had been 
neighbors in Cedar City. "We can build our houses side by side, 
of this pretty pink stone," cried Arabella, and Mary agreed. 

"Well, it's a wonderful place to camp for a while," said 
Stanford as he unhooked his team. It was the 6th of April, 1880. 
Songs were on the women's lips as they carried water from the 
river to bathe the children — their first real baths since leaving 
Escalante. And then they washed clothes. 

They still must live in the wagons while the men built 
homes. And some must move on seventeen miles up the river to 
Montezuma for it had become evident that this place was too small 
for so many families. So they began a lottery for the land. 
Each head of the family lucky enough to draw a land number would 
receive fifteen acres and a small city lot. 

Piatt Lyman was their leader. "We will meet here on this 
spot tomorrow morning for land-drawing," he said, "go now and 
prepare yourselves." He stressed the fact that Montezuma was 
their original destination, that the families already there were 
excepting them, hopefully waiting for help to come, as they were 
surrounded by hostile Indians whom they hoped to convert. The 
majority had to go on. 

Stanford failed to draw one of the lucky numbers, and he and 
Arabella went on to Montezuma, and three years later moved to 
Marcos, Colorado. Of all the colonists mentioned in this story, 
only the baby, George Abraham Smith, now 74, is living — making 
his home in the little Mormon colony at Ammon, Idaho. 

Today a monument stands on the bank of the Colorado River 
where that historic drawing was made — a tribute to the 
self-sacrifice and courage of the Stanfords and the Arabellas of 
that heroic period in Western History. 



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DAUGHTERS OF UTAH PIONEERS 




THE ANNUAL D&trict Convpntion of the Daugiitcrs of the Utah Pionwrs Is scheduled tar Sat- 
urday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Amnion ist-4th LDS Ward Giapei. 3000 Centrii Ave,. AnKnon. 
Hosting this convwxlioo will be the BoftoevilJe Countv officayrs of the DUTs. .Mrs. C^iarles H. 
Wliliams, president, with Sirs, Clark Judy and Mrs. MailMin Jones, vice preyidenfci. Kate Cart^'.r 
of Salt Lako City, Utah, national president and other execntive officers uiil be present. 13>«r8 
will be a lunciieon served at noon aod Uvi afternoon roeetin^ will be beJd ;U 1 pjii. Connties 
represen^t^l will be BonneviJle, Jefferson, Madisoo, Fr»^mont. Teton and Gallatin, Mont, Pic- 
tuTtfd above from left are Mrs. Jon«is, Mrs. Williams and Mrs, Jndy working on name tags and 
decoraiiozw for the convention. (Pottt-iteffiiiler Staff Photo) 



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DAUGHTER OF UTAH PIONEERS 
earch for the organization of the D 
everal daughters, none of them knew, 
ok, as I had joined the ED AHO Camp 

Sure enough, I found the entire min 
dates of that meeting. For some time 
this Annual District convention, pict 
s. Charles Williams, Mrs. Clark 
s. The minutes of the Organization 
f marker will be inclosed here. 

by Mirand 



UP in Ammon, I 
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in 1937, when I 
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Judy, and Mrs. 
and also of the 

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DAUGHTERS OF UTAH PIONEERS 

Camp of the DUP was organized at 
Relief Society. Bonneville county o 
Jardin Andrus and 1st vice captain Ne 
came to organize the Camp. 

Nominations and voting from the 
of officers were recorded, and ar 
convention on Friday May 22. 

The newly organized Camp was ask 
Convention lunch, they agreed to do so 

Charter members were: 
Marie Rushton Field 
Jewel Belman Furniss 
Mabel Andrus Ball 
Loiusa Day Hammer 
Hazel Anderson Empey 
Retta Southwick Jones 
Rhoda Larsen Harris 
Edna Empey Woolf 
Geneva Nuttal Peterson 
Josephine Nuttal Whiting 
Zenobia Soelberg Fife 



— AMMON, IDAHO 

Ammon May 19, 1936, after 
fficers. Captain Elizabeth 
Hie Mullhall Christensen, 

floor was made. The names 
rangements made to attend 

ed to donate six cakes for 



Zenobia Anderson Hanson 
Elmira Anderson Purcell 
Annie Peterson Anderson 
Dean Otteson Judy 
Melba Clift Nielsen 
Sarah Welchman Crow 
Etta Crow Daniel 
Lucille Ball Oswald 
Bessie Jamison Judy 
Vera Bird Russell Lee 
Valeria Pearson Blatter 



Officers were as follows: 
Captain: Marie Hushton Field 
1st Vice: Irene Anderson Ricks 
2nd Vice:Jewel Belnap Furniss 
Sec't:Mabel Andrus Ball 
Organist :Louisa Day Hammer 
Chorister :Adelia Carling Clark 



Historian-Rhoda Larson Harries 
Parlimentarian-Edna Empey Woolf 
Chaplain-Retta Southwick Jones 
Registrar-Elsie Fowers Wadworth 
Custodian of R. -Hazel Anderson 

Empey 



E-DAH-HO CAMP NAME CHOSEN 
The name E-DAH-HO was taken from the Shoshoni Indians. It 
mean "BEHOLD THE SUN COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN". Idaho is often 
spoken of as the "GEM STATE" two latin words "Esto Perpetua" 
having been chosen as Idaho's state motto — these words ; "MAY IT 
LAST FOREVER." 

State tree - White pine 

State flower- Syringa 

State bird- Mountain Bluebird 



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First settlement - Franklin — founded in April 1860 

Idaho recieved statehood - July 3, 1890 

Main river - Snake (meaning "Mad River") It supplies a thousands 

of acres on it's way to the ocean. 

The canyon of the Salmon River is the deepest depression in 
the earth's surface above sea-level. 

The Salman River is the longest river in the United Stats 
wholey within the boundaries of one state. 

The Shoshone Falls are higher than the Niagara, and the 
Idaho Falls are wider. 

DAUGHTERS OF UTAH PIONEERS MONUMENT Ammon, Idaho 
E-DAH-HO Camp of DUP erected a monument on the northwest 

corner of the Ammon Chapel grounds. The stones in the monument 

are from the old Rawson home, where the first meeting was held in 

Ammon, about 18 89. 

The monument was dedicated June 22, 1951 with program as 

foil lows : 

Welcome Captain Cleo Anderson Stout 

History of the monument Vera Bird Lee 

(Corsage were presented to all pioneers and older people) 

Solo Roy Southwick 

Dance "The First Date" by Dorothy Judy ace. by Dahl Judy 

Acrobat Stunt Glenda Lee ace. by Dahl Judy 

Poem by Marlyn Pickett "PIONEERS" written by her mother Ethel 

Pickett 

Solo By Berneice Hammon, ace by Sarah Kerr 

Military Tap Dance Marlyn Butler, Glenda Lee, and Dorothy Judy 

Indian Tap Dance Marlyn Butler, ace. by Dahl Judy 

Solo by Berneics Hammond ace. by husband on violin 

Dedicatory Prayer By County Captain, Lovina Miskin (prayer 

elsewhere) 

In the evening of the dedication a ward dinner and party was 

held in the ward house. 

Mabel Andrus Ball, was Captain when plans were made, and 

Cleo Anderson Stout was Captain when it was completed. 



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BUSINESSES AND SHOPS 




Catherine Diinr,, 19 10 



loved. 



Leo & 311a JTeilsen in the Prime of life 




Leo un± 311-2. ^^eilsen's ■honeymoon house 
zzie gni .\ndrew Larsen ^nd. girls ,Hoberta '^c y.ajroella Campbell 



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Birthplace of k'ir^Jida Campbell Stringhaiii 




311a, Leo & Grandpa ITeiissn by "the little 
frame home on the comer, their second house. 
The third house vas built in the same place* 
Built of brick, where thej/ lived until going 

to Kanab, 



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C&ei of ' F!:rsttir rlrosfes^teaii houses, acirosB Trosi JOTT MOL.^^:^"iQDO 
on 3 and Creek, Peter H ITeilsan OT^-ned it. 




Tioern^cTe roof 




^.,.Leo ?Ieilsen standing-near his ^jid Ella's honeymccn 
-rhbiae».,in the feild across _frora Clark Judr'e brick hcae. 

, To left: 
^. Leo"^ Vila's chil ire- 
Leo (father)^ 
■3 11 a^ mother'' 

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T^Jcen on the Old Poison Place in Ammcn 
where R07 SouthwickSr, hiiilt his hung-^low * 
^aarid C Campbell f-jrdlv': 
llliCJi^Q:d= Brvin, .Arnold, Alfred, David vl^/; 

with Odell in his arms, Kinerva(iioihsr) 
front rov; Lewis, Lenrie, J.Iiranda-^Sthers 
Lester, Handall, 7iola ,June not bom /et, 

Lois and Kauri ce (deceased) 



Leo J !7eilsen , merchant in .Ajnznon 
man/ 7ei,rs, also in State tiegislature 




Lancelot (Lannr) 



Leonid-^s (Leo') 
Jesse Hans (Jesse) 
Sdna ^Teilsen (Wold") 
"^arah " (lie 1 son"!' 



( deceased' 



RONALD AND CAPITOLA WHITING 

Ronald was born in Valsburg, Utah. He attended schools in 
Walsburg and went to Provo High School, he also atte>fc/ci<i BYU but 
never graduated. 

His Uncle Dusty Nuttall had a cafe business in Idaho and 
Ronald became interested and came to Idaho and his family came 
with him. 

His dad bought a place just west of the Elevator in Ammon 
and farmed, and had a dairy herd. 

The cows and chores kept the men folk busy, but not too busy 
for romance. Ronald met Capitola Carter, daughter of Jim and 
Ruth Gardner Carter, whom had moved from southern Utah some years 
earlier. Capitola and Ronald were married in 1933, their first 
child was born in Idaho Falls. They later moved to Ammon and 
lived on the old farm. Then they lived in different places 
around Shelley and Firth, farming. 

They bought the Basalt Store and operated the Post Office 
for several years. They had the Basalt Store for seventeen 
years . 

While here both were real active in the church and 
community. Ronald was a very efficient ward clerk and served 
several years in the Basalt Ward. He served with three bishops. 
£*onald also worked in YMMIA at Basalt. Capitola also in MIA. 
The Whitings sold out to Williams, and moved to Soda Springs for 
some time. Later they bought a home in lona where they live in 
the summers and spend the winters in St. George, _ Utah. 
In 1982, both Ronald and Capitola were called into the 
extraction program, where they are very dedicated today, in lona 
Ward . 

They are the parents of five children: 

Peggy (Ricks), Ronald Jr., Deanne (Kunz), Sherrie(Daw) and 
LaNae (Brown). LaNae attended college in Hawaii, and filled a 
mission to Argentina. Ronald and Capitola filled a mission 
together to the Tulsa-Oklahoma Mission. They have five children, 
and thirty grandchildren. 

JAMES ANDREW CARTER 

James the father was born in Joseph, Utah, Maud Gardner, the 
mother was also from Utah. After James had come to Idaho, he met 
Maud and they were married in Blackfoot in 1904. They lived in 
Ammon for many years and later in 1940 , this couple was sealed 
in the Salt Lake Temple. 

Jim and Maud lived south of Ammon, and the children attended 
the Dewey school because Dewey was closer than Ammon. During the 
good weather the children rode their ponies, in the winter and 
fall, they rode in a covered wagon or in covered sleigh. 

In 1926, the Carter's moved to Ammon. He had been a farmer 
all his life, but was also a good sheep shearer, during the 
spring months many sheep had to have their winter coates of wool 
removed. Jim made good money shearing. His wife and boys were 
left to do the chores and small farming that was done.. 

Seven of the Carter boys served in the military during the 
Wars. It was reported that all returned without great injury.' 

The Carter men were always willing to help make the new 



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canals that were bing built. Jim was not what you would call a 
religious man only attended conferences, or programs at times, 
but he was good to his children and always assisted in donations 
or benefits. Maud was a devout sister, and worked in Relief 
Society, primary, and was on the Stake board in Idaho Falls 
Stake. 

A sad thing happened to the Carter children, Kenneth, 
Blanch, and Mildred, and two eighteen year of boys. They were 
going to the Arthur Ball farm to pick spuds for Ronald and Cap, 
who was farming it that year. As they drove east on Sunnyside 
Road, a train came from the south, a local freight, and hit the 
car broad side. The three girls were killed instantly, the boys 
lived until midnight, then died. 

It was early seven a.m. and the sun was shining in the 
drivers, Woodhouse boy, eyes and he did not see the f eight. 

All the children were students in the Ammon school, the two 
boys in high school, and the girls from same family of Carters, 
were 10,11,12,. They and Kenneth from James family. This 
accident happened about 1937 or 38. A terrible blow to Ammon and 
the Carter family. 

Jim and Maud had fourteen children: 

Myrtle (Buttars), Lazel, Loretta (Campbell), Ailene 
(Deceaded) , Capitola (Whiting), Lynn, Danette, Leonal, Kenneth, 
William Clyde, Virgina (Cleverly), Laura (Frailup) , Blanch and 
Mildred . 

There are 40 grand children, and many great grand (number 
not known) . 

LEONIDAS J. NEILSEN 

Leo was the son of Lars Christian and Sidse Anderson, he had 
great impact upon the people he associated with. Born the third 
child in a family of five, with two brothers and two sister. His 
great activity in church and civic affairs enrolled for him 
namy friends and acquaintances. Very few men his age have done 
so much for their fellowmen. 

Leo was born to Danish prents who came from their mother 
country for the gospel sake. Leo was born March 18, 1883 in 
Manuua, Utah. 

He with his family came to Ammon, Idaho in 1903. The three 
oldest sons had been schooled in the local school and privileged 
to attended BYU Academy in Logan. 

After arriving in Idaho they expanded 160 acres of land, six 
miles east of Idaho Falls. They brought with them some sheep and 
enlarged their herds until all had interest in them. They 
obtained more pastrue by homesteading in the hill on Dan Creek 
to extend their summer pastures. The women of the families did 
most of the steady living there as the men had to work in the 
valley to get the cash to prove up on their holdings. So Ella 
with her sister in laws and their children spent many lonely 
hours of five summers up there as the winters were in Ammon to 
put the children in school. But they were happy days and the 
children loved that freedom and ponies to ride. 

Leo studied to be a lawyer, but became a merchant instead. 
Lanny became a dentist, and Jesse a teacher, and county 



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A poem written bj Leota, the second laughter of Leo -and ^lla I^Tielsen. 



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moutn utterina SutworcTs of trutfi aiicf fov^, 
^y nanos war^fna for tRg cjooa of oiners, 
^y j^eei trsacunq sure on tEe straigfit ancf 

narrow patfi^ 
J^IIY rnmcf fiffea witR spiri tuartliouofits, 
^■nclmu neart JiTrea wi"tk KuTnein ninclness, 
J cannot turn &ac/^, -(S^ofut.'ier in tRv oooon^ss 
let tfiese tRinqs com^ to jass. 
^na voScn ufes journcv (^"cTs, 
Ipnmq me once ^adXn unto thee^ 



superintendent. Leo became interested in at first working in 
the community store in Ammon, and later in managing it as his 
own. He was deeply invovled by 1911, in just six years owned it 
1917. The first store was a little frame store with a high store 
front with the letters, AMMON MERCANTILE CO. across the top, all 
painted on a white background with large black letters. It was a 
busy little place, they sold every thing from shoe strings to 
stock salt and meats, with a dry goods department. They also had 
vinegar and molasses in the barrel, with rice and beans and other 
commodities taken from the supplies in barrels and weighed out by 
the pound and put into paper bags. 

There was always a friendly feeling and a bit of humor when 
Leo waited upon you, children were often treated to stick candy 
or licorice. I remember Selma Lee was one of the lady clerks, 
and Pearl Empey, two pretty young ladies who were just as cordial 
as the boss man. Canute W. Peterson owned the store before Leo 
Neilsen . 

This old store stood across the street from Maiben Jones new 
home, to the west . It faced the east, with a large board porch 
in across the front. This old store must have been built close 
to the turn of the century, for Leo was managing it in 1911. 
Several people remember it as standing next to the north big 
brick house that Owens bought. 

In 1918, Leo built a new store on the corner of Sunnyside 
and Ammon-Lincoln road, the land was purchased from Mr. Rosen. 
Later, Leo sold out to Leonard Ball and in time, he sold to John 
Judy and John sold to Kelley and in 1983 sold to Lenus Tirrell. 
There will more told about stores in this section. 

Leo went to Utah, in Brigham City two of their children were 
born, he had a mercantile business in Kanab. Leo let out so much 
credit that it about broke him. 

He owned farm land back of the Ammon cemetery, and helped 
donate the land for the new cemetery. 

Ella his wife was a hard worker, and a frugal wife and 
mother. She had been in Ogden working in a cannery, when she 
came to Ammon at the age of 17. She stayed with her Uncle David 
Campbell where she met Leo Neilsen. There was love at first 
sight, and it lasted through the years, as she missed him after a 
stroke for seven years, faithfully by his side night and day. 
Her pretty winsome smile and beautiful posture swayed Leo and 
they were married in 1903 in Ammon, later going to the LDS temple 
to be sealed. She was an immaculate house-keeper and dedicated 
wife and mother of thirteen. 

Grandpa Neilsen was a great help to Ella, as Leo was at the 
store and away for civic reasons so many times. He lives just 
across the street on the corner, and could see her needs with the 
children. Leo helped with Ella's family many time. 

Leo was only twelve when his own mother died. His father 
brought back a houskeeper from Denmark when he came home to bury 
his first wife, in 1893. Her name was Mathilda. Two years later 
he married her. She helped raise the five motherless children. 
Leo was good in dramatics, especially the Villanous parts. The 
home dramatic troupe took their plays all over the stake. Leo was 
usually in the play.' 



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After Grandpa Neils©n passed away, his widow, Mathilda, 
married aouthwick, who about run the affairs in his favor and 
hers . 

Edna and Carl Wold operated the peach orchard in Brigham 
City, the Neilsons owned quite a bit of property. 

There was never a dull moment for Leo. Later Leo and Ella 
moved back to Shelley where they had purchased the Shelley Hotel 
until his demise in 1947. 

They owned the confectionary across the street from the 
school, being a very public minded man he served on the school 
board twenty years, was a state representative, during the 15th 
session, in Boise, Idaho 1919-1920. He handled real^estate, was 
a county commissioner, president of YMMIA, a federal officer, a 
ward clerk for many years. He owned two farms, a sheep herd and 
several homes. He filled a mission to New Zealand, in 1920-22. 
Leo and Ella were the parents of thirteen children: Leon, 
Truman, Beulah, Muriel, Vincent, Carma, Eleanor, Leo Joseph, 
Champ, Donna, Dean Lavon, and Darlene. 

He had been a sports director in Kanab, and T.V. was very 
popular. He spent much of his time watching sports. He died 
August 25, 1947 in Wilimington, California, with the funeral in 
Shelley, buried in Ammon. 

EXCERPT FROM GOVERNOR DAVIS LETTER 

State of Idaho 
Office of the Governor 
Boise 
February 12, 1920 

To the American Consuls 
of New Zealand 

Gentlemen: 

This will introduce Mr. Leo J. Neilson of Idaho Falls, 
Idaho, who is going to New Zealand for a two year period. 

I have known Mr. Neilson more or less intimately for some 
time. A personal knowledge of him as a citizen prompts me to say 
that we have no better men in Idaho than Mr. Neilson has proved 
himself to be. He has been successful in his commercial 
pursuits, was an honored member of the Legislature during the 
Fifteenth Session, and is prominent and highly regarded 
throughout the State. 

I will personally appreciate any courtesies which might- be 
extended to him. 

Very truly yours. 



Governor 
EXCERPT FROM 198 2 LEGISLATIVE LIBRARIAN 

He was sworn in as member of the House of Representatives on 

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January 6, 1919. He served on the following committees: County 
Lines and Boundaries; and Railroads, Carriers and other 
Corporations. He was chairman of the Irrigation, Reservoirs and 
Reclamations Committee. 

I hope the above information will help you. If I may be of 
further assistance, please contact me. 

Sincerely, 

Carol Green 
Legislative Librarian 

GLEN AND JEWEL FURNISS 

The Furnisses built a store on Sand Creek, facing the east, 
just north of Kelley's, and across the street from the big rock 
house. Having two stores so close did not pay out in a small 
t^iin, made very keen competition, so Furnisses sold out. The 
building was used for a family room. It was 25 X 48 feet with a 
garage in back that had been used for meat cutting. It has since 
been made into apartments. 

Jewell was very active in Idaho Daughters of Pioneers of 
Ammon, was an officer with Mrs. Joe Fields in 1936-37. 

Glen and Jewell rented John Judy's where Kelly's store is 
now, when he sold out, is when Furnisses moved one block north. 

After Glenn died Jewell sold out, the business changed hands 
10 times. She became assistant to Hillview Elementary #93. The 
professor, Miss Saur, a handicapped lady, was over Jewell, and 
she rose to highest score in School District. 

ROYAL CLEMENTS FAMILY 

Royal Clements and Lucy Annie Kendall Clements moved to 
Ammon about 1927 from Teton Basin, where they had had a farm and 
a sawmill. They were guite old. Royal about 74 and Lucy about 
73. One son James Wilford (Jim) was living with them when they 
came to Ammon. He cared for his mother and father until his 
death in 1938. 

They lived a quiet life in Ammon, coming in the midnight of 
their lives. 

They had a hard and sorrowful life. All who knew them loved 
and cherished them. They were honest people, true and loyal 
friends to everyone. Both having great faith and excercising it 
all through their lives, through manys sicknesses and sorrows. 
Royal was a jolly, good-natured, easy going, fellow. Quite a 
contrast to his four foot 6 inches, wife who was an energetic, 
spirited, person always on the go. There was always company, 
everyone loved to go to ^Aunt Lucy's and Uncle Royal's', as they 
were fondly spoken of. No matter what time of day or night, that 
one went to their home Lucy would prepare a bite to eat and a 
place to sleep for them. 

Royal died January 14, 1943 at the age of 91. 

Lucy Annie died March 34, 1940 at the age of 87. 

They were in Ammon until 1939 when because of old age and 
incababilities, they went to Thornton to live with a son, until 
their deaths. 

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JACK DEHLIN SAW MILL 

Jack Dehlin and Christian Anderson from Ammon developed the 
homestead south and east of Horse Buttes before homesteading at 
Dehlm in 1910. 

Jack Dehlins family were living in Ammon on the west side of 
town in a little log, dirt roofed house. 

The children: Stanley, Hannah, and Jestan attended school 
at Ammon where Mrs. Dehlin and children lived. 

Jack had operated a saw mill, converts in 1916-Long Valley 
and Lava Creek, so many of the summers the family were in the 
hills. Jack sawed lumber for bridge poles, across the outlet and 
many other streams and he also sawed the large timbers used in 
the LDS Hospital in Idaho Falls. 

As Jack was one of the first men around the hill country 
across Willow Creek, and had given the ground where the new frame 
school house was built, and where he moved his family to. A man 
by the name of St. Clair was the first postmaster - the post 
office bore his name "Dehlin". 

HISTORY OF AL CARTER 
Under the speading chestnut tree 
The Village Smith he stands. 
A strong and mighty man is he. 
With large and sinewy hands 
The muscle of his brawny arms 
Are strong as iron bands. 

Alma Orlando Carter 
(Al Carter) 
The Village Blacksmith 
of 
Ammon, Idaho 

Hen iry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem describes Al Carter. He 
was the village blacksmith of Ammon, Idaho, a physically and 
spiritually strong man. He lived among rugged hard working men; 
that conquered the elements, and watered the thirsty land, making 
it a rich farming community, in one corner of the Upper Snake 
River Valley. 

In each of us is a spark of greatness, that reflects our 
past generations, and a hope for the future. 

Al Carter's grandfather and great grandm.other joined the 
Mormon Church in Newry, Oxford County, Maine, June 30, 1834. 
From that time forward, their destiny was associated with .the 
movement of the Mormons . 

Dominicus Carter, Al Carter's grandfather, was a blacksmith 
and a farmer. These skills proved to be useful to the Mormon 
migration from the east. He was asked to stay at Winter 
Quarters, near Council Bluffs, Iowa, to help prepare the 
immigrant trains for the long journey west. He did such things 
as shoe oxen, horses, repair wagons and make nails. 

Sorrow, tribulation and persecution was the lot of the 
Mormons, so it was with the Carters. Al's grandmother, Lydia 
Smith Carter, died at Log Creek nine miles from Far West, 

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Al Career, and his wife Maiy sjad the two oldest shildren 
The "blicksmith for m^r^r manT years. 



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Missouri, of exposure due to persecution. Sidney Rigdon Carter, 
Al's father, was four years old at the time. From Far West, they 
moved to Illinois, then in 1846 to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Leaving 
Iowa in 1851 they arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley June 
20th. 

The seventh child of Sidney Rigdon Carter and Leah Lucinda 
Ross Carter was born in Kanosh, Mil lard County, Utah, November 29, 
1869. He was named Alma Orlando, (Al Carter). 

The early childhood of Al, was normal, he played and worked 
for and with his father, learning the trade of the blacksmith. 
The family moved from Kanosh to Joe Town. This is where Al Carter 
grew to manhood, in a small town tucked away in a valley of the 
mountains. It was rugged wild country limited to farming, with 
not much room for expansion or growth. 

Mary Caroline Landfear Baker married Alma Orlando Carter 
April 19, 18^3. Six children of their twelve were born in 
Joseph, Utah. He worked at various jobs such as hauling wood and 
timber and driving freight wagons. Upon hearing about the 
development of the Snake River Valley in Idaho and after visiting 
the town of Eagle Rock (Idaho Falls), he moved his family to 
Idaho, one mile south and four miles east of what is now Idaho 
Falls. He built a small home on the same spot where the Ammon 
city offices now stand. The blacksmith shop was about one 
hundred feet west of the home. Across the street to the north 
and a few feet east is the south west corner of the LDS church 
lot. 

Al Carter became the village blacksmith of Ammon, Idaho , in 
1904. At times he had as many as four men working for him. The 
shop faced east, with large double doors in the front. The 
horses were tied or snubbed to the north wall. They shod some 
wild ones at times. 

The country was open mostly flat, and in winter the wind was 
almost continually blowing. John Empley said they would often 
tie a rope between the house and barn so they would be able to 
feed the stock in stormy blizzards, in snowing, blowing weather 
it is easy to get lost. John Empey was one of the first, if not 
the first settler in Ammon. He would say, with justifed pride, 
"I grubbed the brush and killed the snake and made it possible 
for people to live here." These early pioneers were hardy men 
worthy of our praise and thanks. There were many colorful men in 
this community, but only a few are mentioned at this time. 

Only in recent years have they given names to the streets of 
Ammon, and the farming area around the town. They were 
identified as John Empey Corner, Anderson Corner, Store Corner, 
ets. John Empey Corner is now at Crowley Road and Sunnyside 
Road. 

Al was thirty-five years old when he became blacksmith of 
Ammon; (1904) . During this time he owned a farm on what is now 
Sunnyside Ave., part of which is now the Ammon Cemetery. They 
sold it about the time he ^quit the blacksmith shop. The older 
boys, Deveer, Dell, RalpH-^^^Byron worked it. 

Tragedy ended his career as a blacksmith. Approximately in 
1920 when a piece of steel penetrated his eyeball. Because of 
the loss of an eye and impairment of the sight in the other, his 



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career changed from blacksmith to farmer. 

Al settled down to farming and remained a farmer the rest of 
his days. Farming is a hazardous gamble, some years are good, 
some bad. Some lean and some more lean. But a farmer usually 
had food to eat. 

Some of the problems and difficulties were as follows: 
About July 23, 1923, there was a cloud burst in the hills, 
probably several miles away in the higher hills above Rock 
Hollow. You could hear the roar and smell the sage. Often some 
water would come down the wash. We had been working on the head 
ditches on the south side. It hadn't rained enough to stop the 
work so it was thought to be the usual run off. The youngest son 
who was about eight at the time had been sent for some needed 
tools. After crossing the wash and reaching high ground, he 
glanced back toward Rock Hollow in time to see a wall of water 
about fifteen or twenty feet high burst from it's mouth. Most of 
the forty acres were flooded. The force of the water was 
disapated as it spread over the flat ground. One ten acre plot 
of early potatoes (rurals) were uncovered as if done by a giant 
digger all at once. The potatoes were ruined for any commercial 
sales. All who wanted potatoes were invited to pick them up free 
of charge. The rest of the summer and fall was spent grading, 
hauling rocks and debris from the land. But, the good years 
would compensate for the lean times, when crops were good and the 
market right. 

Much could be said about the women of the early settlers. 
They were prepared to cook, sew, mend, and teach the family; to 
nurse, clean, council and bring cheer into the household. To 
stand by their husbands, not only stand but work by his side. 
Mary Carter was like this. She was five feet two inches tall and 
weighed about one hundred to one hundred five pounds most of her 
life. She was quick as a bolt of lightning and won most of the 
foot races for women on celebrations. Her children were taught 
good manners and to say, "Yes ma'am", "yes sir", "beg your 
pardon", and to show love and respect for all people. Al and 
Mary loved their children and each other. When the family was 
together they enjoyed singing the old songs in harmony. 

Twelve children were born to Al and Mary Carter, but they 
were privileged to raise but seven to adulthood. Two passed away 
one day apart in Joseph, Utah, due to influenza. Three more 
passed away in Ammon. The last was Dell, who at the age of 29 
passed away on December 16, 1926. He served in World War I and 
from the results of exposure during this time he was operated on 
twelve times for congestion in his lungs. 

Al Carter died December 16, 1943, while the world was still 
a flame in a struggle of great magnitude. He was very poor in 
material things. He, like many of his contemporaries, enjoyed 
few of the comforts of life. He worked long hours — sometimes 
sixteen and eighteen hours a day, shoeing horses, repairing 
wagons for a clientele with pressing needs. His real talent was 
blacksmithing and not farming. He was a talented blacksmith, he 
knew how to fit shoes on horses who were whole or lame, and 
correct for defects in the hooves. He could also forge-weld by 
proper use of heat and soda, which is a lost art today. 

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Was he successful? What is success? It's a very elusive 
fantasy of the mind with many answers. How do you measure a man, 
in feet and inches? By dollars and dimes? What did he leave 
behind? He, as everyone, left everything and this much more: 
love of his fellowmen, the respect and love of his children, the 
memory of a cherished wife and successful marriage, an unselfish 
service to neighbors. He was not embittered by his fate and 
problems. He had the ability to courageously face every problem 
without shrinking. He had a sense a humor and the ability to 
smile at himself and laugh with others. He filled his niche 
leaving the world a little better than when he entered. Known to 
be an honest straight forward man on all occasions. 

Hen ry Wadsworth Longfellow's peom The Village Blacksmith, 
in its closing lines says: 

"He looked the whole world in the face, 
for he owed not any man." 

If these pioneer men and women were to visit again this 
beautiful valley, would they be proud of their sons and 
daughters? Yes. In most, still breathes a love of freedom and a 
concern for their fellowmen. They would find good citizens doing 
what they had done. Each generation should be better and greater 
because of them. 

In each of us is a sparkle of greatness. Al Carter was a 
great man. I knew him well. I am his youngest son, Eldon V. 
Carter . 

BLACKSMITHING 
Some where in between 1920, when Al Carter sold the 
blacksmith, possibly to Ed Williams, Ed was the one who operated 
it until 1946, when it ws sold to Roland Romrell. Nothing is 
said of the the in-between-years. But we do have the history of 
when Al started the one in 1904, and also the time Romrell sold 
out. Any way it was operated as a blacksmith for many years, 
when Roland started such a tremendous business with the big 
combines, and large equipment used on the dry-farms. He also 
made a new shop while he had it, and tore down and moved away the 
once thriving little structure Al Carter had built. 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ROLAND AND JOY ROMRELL IN AMMON 
Roland Taylor Romrell and Joy Otteson were married the 5th 
of August, 1944, in Harrisville, Ogden, Utah. Roland was serving 
with the U.S. Marines, 1st Division, during World War II. Roland 
was a native of Ogden, Utah, son of Hyrum James and Ruby Taylor 
Romrell and had specialized in blacksmithing and welding. 

Joy was a native of Ammon, daughter of Nephi and Lenore 
Allred Otteson. She was schooled and specialized in Cosmetology. 
At the close of World War II, Roland and Joy bought the 
Ammon Blacksmith Shop from Mr. Ed Williams in September of 1946. 
Ed stayed on for several months to teach Roland the art of 
Blacksmithing for the local farming area. Something unique for 
Ammon, Roland brought with him from Okinawa, a 400# anvil, his 
souviner of the war. Farmers could tell when Roland started his 
days work, when they heard the clear sharp ring of his anvil, 
while sharpening plow sheares or other forge work. These sounds 



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could be heard 3 to 5 miles distance on a clear quiet morning. 

A new cinder block building was startd the first winter. 
When completed the ageless old wooden blacksmith shop was torn 
down. As the family grew and the business prospered, additions 
to the main building and improvements on the home were made. One 
of these additions was a cinder block building to house chickens, 
from which many hours were spent cleaning and candling eggs for 
the local LDS Hospital. 

Joy had a small beauty shop until the family required most 
of her time. She also drove the mail to Bone, substituting for 
Basil Fosbinder during the farming and summer months. 

Roland built metal truck beds, custom m^ c;.de cattle and 
grain, and installed Harsh Hoists to make work easier for the 
farmers . 

Roland and Joy spent many hours in service of others, both 
in civic and church work, and was instrumental while serving with 
the Elders to take down and clean up the grove of trees behind 
the church house. This grove had been hand planted and nutured 
by Mr. & Mrs. Owens. Rosa was heart broken to see her trees go 
down. The Elders built a tennis court just a little north of 
this area for the enjoyment of those who desired the physical 
activity, believing the youth needed a place to spend their 
energies . 

In a few short years the growth of the church expanded and 
the new Ammon LDS building was built where the grove of trees and 
the tennis court had been. This era brought to an end the old 
church house, which is now used as parking lots. 

Roland served on the city council for 3-4 terms, about 10 
years, serving with the 1st mayor of Ammon, Reed Molen. They 
served while Ammon was still a Village. Then it became a second 
class city in 1961. Reed Molen served first as Village Chairman 
and then 1 term as Mayor. During their administration the city 
obtained new water wells with fresh pure water being furnished to 
the people of Ammon. New areas were annexed and beautiful new 
black topped roads became the pride of the Ammonites. 

The city council banned together in service that fateful , 
warm February 1962, when the flood hit on a peaceful warm Sunday. 

Roland served on the District #93 school board for three (3) 
terms. It was always a thrill for him to hand his own children 
their Graduation Diplomas. 

The time came when Roland felt the business should be moved 
from residential area. Property was purchased on the North 
Yellowstone Hiway to build a retail store and welding shop, as 
they had ventured into the recreational vehicle business and to 
be more accessible to the public. 

Romrell's still reside in the original home. Ten beautiful 
children blessed this home. 

LarRene R. Sargent Garth Roland Romrell 

Brenda Jean Knight Calvin James Romrell 

Eileen R. Anderson Christine Joy Romrell 

LuDean R. Jackson Janine R. Sandbakken 

Karleen R. Garling Valeen Romrell 

"Roland and Joy have livedl" 



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STEPHEN L. WALKER 

Stephen L. Walker came from Cedar City, Utah, he married a 
girl from England, Jane Hall. They came to Ammon in the early 
1900 's, and homesteaded 160 acres some irrigated and some dry 
farm, one mile east and one-half mile south of the George Neilsen 
estate. The land lay above the canal and was just south of the 
old Pleasant View (Hog Holler) school house. 

Stephen and Jane had twelve children: William Henry, 
Delbert, Stephen, Parley, Ray, Richard, and two sisters Lottie 
and Banella. 

William married Marcia Waters, Lottie and Banella married 
Covert boys, and came to Ammon with their husbands. The Coverts' 
had a saw mill in Long Valley. Ray and Ruby Neilsen were close 
to marriage but Ray never married. 

The Walker place joined the Christian Andersen place on the 
east. Some of the neighbors were; Crows, on the north; Waters 
(Francis) Arnold Harris, George Mosen, Thorntons and Andersens. 

George Mosen 's mother remarried to Tommy Gates after his 
father died, but he did not accept the boy, George. Walkers kept 
his horse and tried to comfort him. 

I remember on Sundays of two men riding to the school house 
on horse back to take care of the Meetings. Horace Grow was put 
in as presiding Elder of the branch of Ammon Ward. One of the 
horsemen was the other counselor, Horace also rode horse-back. 

Grandpa Stephen Walker moved in 1912 from Pleasant View to 
west of Shelley, where Bill Wilson's farm is across the river. 

Delbert Walker, my father married Annocelia Robins, they 
lived on the old homestead. He and his five brother's rented 
several farms. They did extensive farming. The Christian 
Anderson and Oriol ' s place were some they rented. 

The children all attended school at Pleasant View and Ammon, 
they are: Ocellia (Chisholm) , Bernetta (Woodward), Richard, (Theo 
High), Rose (Tyler), John (Lapreal Thornton), Wallace (Betty 
Blaletet) and Betty June (Goodson) . 

JOHN MELVIN JUDY 

For a man who loved life, family, friends and community, it 
is hard to put the life story of John Melvin Judy in a few pages. 

John's grandfather Alva William Judy, who was born enroute 
to Salt Lake City in 1847, brought his family to Salem, Idaho 
(west of Rexburg) . It was there Aaron Judy grew up, married Mary 
Ann Ward and started his family. Aaron helped on the building of 
roads in Yellowstone Park. He became an expert on fishing, 
hunting and the enjoyment of outdoor life; along with its 
hardships. He taught these skills to his family. While the 
family was young he and Mary Ann would take the family and travel 
through Yellowstone. Mary Ann had her skills of baking bread and 
foods along the way. The children learned the best places to 
fish and how to swim in the rivers of the park. 

The family moved to the community of Ozone; which in this 
day was a thriving place with a school, church, post office, 
rooms and meals for travelers. There were several families that 
made it a delightful community and many other familites lived on 
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all. 

Dry farming was not too profitable and in the twenty's the 
economy was getting poor. Several families moved away. Older 
children came to the valley to attend high school and college. 

In 1927 John went on a mission to the Central States. In 
19 29 Laura and Virgil Monson moved to Ammon and operated the 
store across from the school house. Laura's sister Janice Marie 
Christensen started spending time in Ammon. In 1932 John and 
Janice were married. 

The depression was getting steadily worse for everyone. The 
WPA was put in effect. This created jobs such as building roads 
in Ammon and supplied work for many. John worked at the Lincoln 
Sugar Factory those fall and winter campaigns for 28 cents an 
hour. Top wages during those times. The winter of 32 and 33 
was a cold, hard one. Snow was deep and travel was by sleigh and 
through fields. Roads were blocked until spring and when the 
snow plow finally came snowbanks were within a foot of the 
telephone lines in places. In March of 1933 Chance Heaton called 
John and asked him to come and help clean out the crossings for 
the railroads so travel could begin. He took his team "Maude and 
Pedro" and his scraper and helpled the section crew clean out 
several crossings. The railroad sent a check for $32.00 for four 
days work. Imagine - manna from heaven as he had been working 
fro $1.00 a day in the lambing sheds. Needless to say, John and 
Chance and the section crew were friends for life. 

Lyle Anderson became manager for the elevators during 
1935-36. When he quit to become county commissioner, John 
applied and got the job. Prior to this John built a home on his 
farm. It wasn't large, four rooms and a bath but he only had to 
borrow $400.00. 

Om 1938, the Pullmans wanted to buy the farm for a brick 
plant so John sold and bought the Ammon Cash Store from Leonard 
Ball. So, we found ourselves in the grocery business. Along 
with the elevator job, we became rather busy. During these years 
the elevator became a popular hand out for any husband who wanted 
to "get away for awhile." Many wives knew the phone number to 
call when her husband was late for lunch. It was always to be 
where John was and many friendships were made. 

We hired several good people in those years. Paul Curtis, 
Wallace Wadsworth, Al Brown, Harvey Beins, Cleo Stout, Blanche 
Mission, June Campbell, Joy Otteson Romrell, Jesse Bunnell and 
several more. 

In 1939 we decided to go to the World's Fair in San 
Francisco in our new Ford sedan. Four of us went and split the 
expenses on the car, which came to $79.00. Gasoline was 18 cents 
a gallon, sometimes less. We had money left over and had a 
glorious trip. That summer we brought a new Dodge pick-up all 
equipped for $602.00. It had a Ram on the radiator. 

In August of 1939 a plane was shot down in Poland. Prices 
jumped and soon we found ourselves with Pearl Harbor, rationing, 
and the headaches of World War II. Because John was in the wheat 
business and considered essential to the home front he was 
classified as lA-4. Other friends his age were inducted. 

Busy years followed but there was alwavs time out for 



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fishing and other sports as well as church and community service. 

John bought the old Anderson ranch in 1948 and began 
building a new home. Jeffrey was born the day the basement was 
dug. It was there the family grew up. Jeannine married Bruce A. 
Lee, Joann married Joseph C. Anderson, and John Maurice left for 
his mission to Germany. Upon his return he married Karla 
Westergard. 

About 1957 John suffered a severe blow to the side of his 
head when the grain car he was loading was struck by a potato 
car. As the cars collided it caused the grain spout to release 
which in turn hit John. As months went by he suffered pains as 
the discs in his neck were deteriorating. In 1960 John and 
Jancie decided to sell the farm and move to Idaho Falls. A 
doctor in Salt Lake discovered his problem and put his neck in a 
brace for ten months and his spine rejuvenated "but he had lost 
his mighty neck and arm muscles.' 

In 1963 John bought the Ammon and lona Elevators from the 
Midland Elevators and named them the J M J Elevators. Many busy 
years followed. John served on the school board and the board of 
education for 18-20 years as well. There were lots of joys, some 
sorrows but we have always been surrounded by friends. 

John also served as a director of the grain board. He had 
become quite a grain operator and was known and respected in the 
state, the Northwest and in California for his abilities. He 
kept a daily record of sales and all transactions and had a good 
bookkeeping system. He took much pride in his customers and 
business associates. Always trying to be fair. 

In January of 1966 John was loading a grain car. As he 
pushed the car to move it down the track, he jumped on the ladder 
to apply the brakes. The car hit an icy spot and shuddered. As 
it did so John reached to grab the wheel for a hand hold. The 
wheel was icy also and John was thrown to the tracks below. He 
suffered broken ankles and feet on both legs. 

In 1973 we sold the elevator to Sheldon Stoker of the 
Roberts Elevators. After the sale, John retired. 

In 1974, young John died of cancer at the age of 34, leaving 
Karla and their three children, Jan Elizabeth, Kerry Lynn, and 
Jon Riley. That Christmas we went to Hawaii for several weeks 
with Joann and Joe and their boys Joey and Jon Cody. In 1975 we 
went again for the winter. John enjoyed his retirement. 

Through the years John and family and friends have gone 
hunting over in the Salmon area. As preparations were made, some 
took horses and equipment and some the food. They always said we 
will meet at the "Blue Dome". In the summer of 1977 we were 
traveling to Salmon and found a sign on the Blue Dome that said 
"For Sale". John and Johnny had always liked the place so we 
went in and started dickering. By the fall of 1977 we had moved 
and started working again. We felt it a good place for a family 
business. How the grandchildren loved to come out and fish, 
watch the antelope feed and play pool and listen to the Juke Box. 
Plus we finally had our mountain Greg had asked Grandpa to buy 
when he was a little child. By this time we were all making 
pretty good ham and eggs. The main attraction however v/ere the 
rest rooms. Seventy-two miles from Idaho Falls and ninety-two 



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miles from Salmon was quite a calling card. We called them the 
International Restrooms. Russian when coming? European while 
there; and Finnish on leaving. 

We had many plans for the place due to the natural fish pond 
and creek. Lots of space to park and much visiting. We had a 
guest book and it had been signed by visitors from nearly every 
state, plus many foreign countries. It was a delightful place 
to make new friends . and we were planning it to be profitable 
also. Our family came and helped and we got it repainted outside 
and lawns planted along with several .other improvements. It was 
a lot of hard work and dishes. It seemed everyone who stopped 
once returned if they had the opportunity. On December 4, 19 78 
we had an ice and snow storm with high winds. That night was 
John's turn to sleep in the apartment. A fire of undetermined 
causes totaled the cafe, apartment and garage. Twelve feet north 
the double wide mobile home was untouched. We have wondered why. 

John is survived by his wife Jancice, Jeannine and Bruce 
Lee, their . children Debre, Gregory and Lori; Joann and Joe 
Anderson, their children Joseph, and Jon Cody; Karla and her 
children Jan, Kerry and Jon Riley (Karla married Bob Burtenshaw 
in July 1983); Jeffrey and June (Beatrice Fell) and Jonie as well 
as six great grandsons. 

John and Johnny seemed to have more friends than anyone we 
ever knew. They had a way with people - oh, yes some disagreed. - 
but John always said if he could please 70 to 75% of his 
acquaintances he felt he could be happy. They were two great 
characters. They loved life and we love them. 

^. — . — , — . submitted by Janice C. Judy 

SHORT HISTORY OF ROY L. SOUTHWICK 1922 
1680 (abt) William Southwick (Southock) Trankley, Worcs, England 
1708 John Southwick, Sr. Halesowen, Worcs, England 

1738 John Southwick Halesowen, Worcs, England 

1776 Samuel Southwick Halesowen, Worcs, England 

1811 Edward Southwick, Sr. Sutton Maddock, Shrops, England 

1854 James Nephi Southwick West Bromwich, Staffs, England 

(arrived Salt Lake City, Utah 1864) 
1887 Alfred Leroy Southwick Lehi, Utah, Utah 

1922 Roy L. Soutihwick Idaho Falls, Bonn, Idaho (Ammon) 

My parents Alfred LeRoy (called Roy) and Permelia (Lossar) 
Southwick lived on a small farm about half a mile north of Ammon 
(subdivision now called Southwick Addition) . There were four 
children: Glen, the oldest, Melba (Field) , Gail (Clegg) , and Roy 
L. the youngest. 

I remember, before I was in my teens, going with my father, 
who was then Chairman of the Village Board, (later becoming it's 
first Mayor) to visit Ervin Neilsen to borrow $30,000 to install 
the first public well and water system to the City of Ammon. 
Alfred LeRoy also served for many years on the cemetery board and 
was instrumental in having trees, grass and shrubs" planted to 
make Ammon Cemetery the beautiful place it is today. 

My growing up years were much like any farming community 
lads. At the age of ten, Mr. Wold, the custodian of the junior 



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and Senior High school died leaving a vacancy. Farming was not 
the best paying occupation and so my father resigned as a board 
member of the school and took the job. It V7as shortly after 
this time we moved from the farm into the city purchasing my 
grandf ahter ' s home now located at the corner of Ammon-Lincoln 
Road and Rawson Avenue. 

Because the Ammon School was small, most every student who 
wanted to could participate in the extra cirricular activities. 
I enjoyed school plays, basketball (going to State several years) 
football, track, Softball, etc. I felt at the time they were 
accomplishments, and maybe they were; I sang many solos and won a 
few honores in music. I played clarinet in the band, became the 
Senior Class President. During the summer between my junior and 
senior years I met and fell in love with Doris Marie Jennings who 
was attending Idaho Falls High School. We dated the next year 
(1939), then I attended the University of Idaho on a scholarship. 
After my second year, the pressure of World War II, caused me 
to join the Air Force, in October 1942. 

After less than two months in the service, Doris came to Las 
Vegas, Nevada and we were married in one of the famous wedding 
chapels called "The Hitching Post". We were very fortunate 
because we were together most of the time durng the next three 
and a half years. We lived in Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, 
Utah, Colorado and South Dakota. I had a variety of jobs: Signal 
Corp., Radio Operator/Mechanic on a B-17 Bomber, I worked in Base 
Operations, scheduled flights. For one year I had the 
opportunity to work in special Services which got me the lead in 

the Air Force Drama/musical "Rose McGee" playing opposite a 

co-ed from the U of Texas. 

I was released from the service in February, 1946. I had 
intended to return to the University of Idaho, but it was in the 
middle of the semester, so, I started to work for the Union 
Pacific Railroad. .. .a job I held the summer before joining the 
Air Force. Part of my job was making up freight trains, 
scheduling and checking car numbers. Most of this work was late 
at night; a job I didn't especially like. With some 
encouragement from my wife, I applied for a job with KID Radio. 
Much to my surprise I was hired as an apprentice announcer for 
what I though was an exhorbitant salary of $180 per month. 
Before going into the service, teachers that lived at our house 
were making about $130 a month. Well.... I liked my new job so 
well I decided to stay with broadcasting. 

Now, 36 years later I look back and say to myself "if I had 

it to do over again I'd make the same decision" It's been a 

very good life. I have never had a day that I wished I didn't 
have to go to work. 

I worked as an announer beginning my day at 5:00 A.M. each 
morning. After four years I was advanced to "Program Director". 
This job had lots of advantages I had direct contact with 
Networks, helping decide which programs our local station would 
carry, even attending Regiional and National meetings. Some 
place along the way, I had my own radio program called "Songs by 
Southwick" twice a week. 

After thirteen years, along came FM Stereo. I was asked to 



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start and operate KID FM. Because it was mostly automated it was 
easy to operate alone. My primary job was scheduling and 
selling. 1 understand it was one of the few stations to ever go 
on the air making a profit. 

Upon the retirement of Leonard Wasden who was then the 
manager of KID AM radio, I was given his job in addition to 
managing the FM station with a crew of about 15 people. At the 
present time, AM, FM and TV combined employees about 85 people 
full time. I am now Vice President-In charge of radio and a stock 
holder in the corporation. 

Doris (Jennings) my wife, and I have raised 2 girls and 3 
boys. Sandra Arave is living in Boise and married to Arvon 
Arave, deputy warden at the Idaho State Penitentiary; they have 
two children. Wayne Roy, and his wife Mickie operate and own the 
local Montgemery Ward Catalogue Store; they have 3 children. 
Gary Kim is now the Operations Manager of KID TV and is raising a 
little girl (5 1/2) alone. David Brent and his wife Christine 
manages an apartment complex in Idaho Falls and they have 2 
children. Debra married Wendell Hill. He is a cement contractor, 
they have 2 children .... .and live in Boise. 

Along-the-way , I have built, or helped build three homes. 
Two of them as a commercial venture. I have remodeled many 
apartments ... .buying and operating as many as 53 at one 
time... not alone, of course; my wife Doris is the real business 
manager. 

I lived in Ammon for over 46 years; even lived within a 
block of my father's house. A brother. Glen, and a sister, Melba 
Field, lived close by, also. One other sister, Gail Clegg lives 
in Milo. I served one term on the city council was active in the 
Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) and have held many ward and stake 
jobs . 

We now reside in Idaho Falls in the Jenny Lee Addition (995 
East 25th St.) Doris is retired as an accountant-office manager 
for such organizations as the Sacred Heart Hospital, Oral Health 
Center, Skyline TV Network, and the Local Labor Union. 

Since moving to Idaho Falls, I have served on the Chamber of 
Commerce Board, Board of Good Samaritan Nursing Home, President 
of the Kiwanis Club. 

Here are a couple of interesting stories that happened to 
me : 

One summer.. I guess I was 14 years old, I worked for my 
brother-in-law, Parley Field, on his farm. an Edward Denning and 
I were working in the hay. I was operating the rake and he would 
pile the dumps. At lunch time we both decided to ride the old 
mare back to the house. Everything was going fine until Ed 
started to empty the canvas water bag.... this frightened the 
horse; she jumped sideways and we both fell off, only I caught my 
foot in the lines that were laced around the hames . The horse 
dragged me with only my head and shoulders striking the 
corrugations, occasionally. My mind recalled, in, a flash, that 
just the summer before, my frieng Paul Wadsworth '(son of Wallace) 
had died much the same way. I was bless because as my life raced 
before me, the horse's leg struck my back and that broke the 
strap... I was free. Needless to say, I took the rest of the day 



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off. 

Another time this same summer, Parley Field and I were 

loading hay. I was on the wagon and he on the ground. We had 
just loaded, as high as he could reach, the first wagon. I was 
crawling down the front of the load and stepped on the rear of 
the horse below; she jumped and I landed in front of the wheel. 
I crawled as fast as I could, thinking only about the horses 
running away. The wheel of the wagon ran over both of my 
legs... my Guardian Angel was there.... my legs were not 
broken. .. .not even hurt. I suspect I had crawled in the 
corrugations . 

submitted by Roy Southwick Jr. 



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O^ITITARY OF ALFRED LEROY SOUTm-rrCK(Feb 18, L887-Mar 31, 1968) 
(CoTTiDlled bj*- Grand-daufyhter 5!onia Field Landon ' 

Ten years ago Grandpa nade a tape recording of his Life history. This is a brief 
compliance of that recording. 

Grandpa's Father, Jarnes Nephi Southwick was born in England, (Strafferdshire, ) his 
mother, Maryett Norton South\^ck, was born in Sal^ Lake City. Alfred LeRoy Southwick 
was the ninth child of thirteen children. He was bom Feb 18, 1887 in Lehi Utah, wher'e 
his parents had famed for many years, IVhen Grandpa was fifteen months old they came by 
horse and wagon to Idaho, Hi*? father's brother had come earlier and owned one hundred and 
sixty acres of land. This brother tofid Great Grandfather (James Nephi Southwick) that, he 
could have eighty acres of the one hundred and sixty acres if he would clear the brush from 
all of it. This eighty acres is where Leonard IlcDonald now lives (-^ mile north of the 
corner of Ammon-Lincoln Rd and 17th Street,) Later, they traded this acreage for the land 
that is now the property line of the Ray Andrews place North to 17th Street, This included 
The Clark Judy and Casy Jones ProDerty, and the present property called the "Southvxick 
Addition", This trade was made so the children wouldn't have so far to go to school. 

The farthest back LeRoy could remember, he was too small to 'nelp i-aiih the work on 
the farm. He could rerr.ember his father and brother Jim going out to grub the binish. The 
brash v/as so high you couldn't see over the top of it. At night they ^ould burn the brush 
they had grubbed all day. One could see fires all over the Snake River Valley. They would 
clear a ^mall patch, then plant it and just, have to depend on rainfall to make it grovr, 
unt,il canals and ditches could be built, 

L-^Roy attended school in a one room log school house ivhich contained all eight n;rades. 
The -monument standing in the yard of the old Ammon i{ip;h School is vmere tnis Log school 
stood, 

'Then LeRry (always calLeaRoy) was asked vhat they rid for recreation in -hose -iav*? he 
renlied that they danced a Id , went on sleigh rides, skated and v;ent horseback ridinr. 
Re said thev didn't ha\'e football and basket ball then. 

At Christmas time ev^ry'noay '.ouLd fiather at the old recreation hall for a community 
Christmas, All the Tifts ani tovp vnuld be 'olaced on a communitv Chr^stmns tree and Santa 
GLaus wo'.ild come, Crandoa said he could abravs nick his present hefore they '.'■ere car^ned 
around because ever^z year hf^ vr-vild aluavs get a ten cent mouth organ. 

They really had a lot of snow in those days, as LeRoy said "Not ,iu5't the little skiffs 
we have now," he recalled the snow would ;^et four to *"ive feet deep on the level. It vrouLd 
freeze so hard the horses and h^,f^1^^ could to over the too of it and it --rould be so deep 
they could go in any direction because the fences would all be buried and couldn't stop them, 

V,T;-?n he was a youngster, re recalled, hio 'Barents would never start the long five mile 
trip to tovn unless they had aLI dav in i.r"ich to make the lonr: trip. He remembered the^-e 
Wrrre no bridges so the creeks and canals had to be "orded, 

LeRoy said that nroperty in those days 'vouid sell for about ten or fifteen dollars an 

by Al and Lena Leinwober (located on .«as& l.':t S,.r?et) for a total orice of three hundred 
doLLars, , .onlv h^ didn't have th.-^t much non^^y. ilis folks were considered to be as well off 
financially as any one in the valley at that time, so money wasn't ven-- plentiful. 

Grandpa LeRoy co ild r>ro;'"ber how he r ot hit^ first horse and buggy, Ke said his Father 
pr'^mised him a l.eam o^ "-^orses if he didn't smoke or drink until he was twenty, VJhen he was 
:?i.;hL-oen he told his x'?5tr..?r 'v.- did'i't ^xani a team anvmore, he wanted a horse and hugg;'', so 
hin father said 'V'^eLi or,;-^ ho^'. e -mi puy a bur :" and put the other horse in it," v/hich he did. 
He sold the horse for one-hundred and tv;enty-five dollars and bought about the best buggy 
in tovn for one hundred dollars. Grandpa said "novr I had about the best buggy in town, a 
h->r73 to pull it and ^ wenty "ivo ' ;.l;^rs in my r:.ckot, 

T.rRoj'' finished l:ir sc'.ri'-i '_;rig n- ;'- -ks .-..o id.^ir.v, Rexburg, Idaho, '/bile there he be'!;an 
to co\.rt Perp^a^ia Li.:. .-cr, LaLer t^ey wei'O marrie.* by a Judge and the follovnng fall they 
traveled to Salt Lake to ^.^'3 Te^^olo, 

T.:is marriage was dlessed r/f four children: Glen, Melba, Gail and Roy L. 
'•"n: 13 livjnr- ~n th- fnrn i '.Iv.'V calj -t. it -he R-.n^h) '-rhich is now the Houthv/ick addition, 
h-.) -:»ci-.'f th-.t ;'.0 acrer: "/as:,-, em .•;;h Land to "'ise a family so hie bought the ad/ioininrr 
20 acres for one tho^' and dollars and i team of horses. He famed this land for seven yoars, 
ar.d when the oldest ^"'■y, Glen was five and Melba two, they moved to California vriiere he workc 
1? r, '•:"hini3t fo"* t^o ""ion "^i:" """ o rr^il'v^rd, T.-rj -.n accident n?iT);">''nf>d wnich cost -dm 
rirt of I.WO fingers, 

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After Losing hia finders he noved his family back $,0 Idaho to the ranch, and took up 
fcirming again. He helped di^ the canals, and His wife, Permelia wag hired to cook for 
the crews • Roy was a member of the school board for many years. It was after the 
death of Mr* Wold, the school custodian, that Grandpa applied for the job and in 1932 
left the farm in the hands of his son. Glen, and went to work for the school as their 
new janitor© He had been on the school board for nearly fifteen years. While he was 
on the baard they built two different schools, one of them burned down so they built 
another one. Uncle Roy L, (Son of LeRoy) tells how fee remembers going with his dad, to 
On.one, to look over the school house there which was later moved down to (Hmmon and used foi 
the school house until the new one could be built. This building is now the gray lunch roc 
at the old Ammon high school Grandpa was custodian for twenty four years. During those 
years he loved all the children as his own and they all dearly loved him in return. The 
school even dedicated their yoar book to him one year with a full cage of "him on the fly 
leaf. 

He was on the village board and the Cematary board at this time, 'Jhile he was 
chairman of the village board the peoDle v;ho didn't have private vrells had to drink ditch 
water or carry it from others, (Uncle Roy L, remembers going viith his r^ad to borrow money 
from Irvin ITeilson to di^ the first village well. This well is the one in the cinder 
block building between the school and church, and is still in use for the city. 

After Permelia, LeRoy* s irLfe passed away in 1959, Irandoa lived alone in his hote, 
next door to his son. Glen, ''or about three years. The last four years of his Life 
he Lived with his younjrest -^on Roy L, vrho also Lived in Ammon, h'e quietly passed away ^]\e 
evening of :!arch 3I, 196S, He v;as ths Last living nenber of the Janes Vephi 5outh'./ick 
family, of wnom there were !, sisters and 1 brother. 

Alfred LeRoy Southwick was survived by tv;o sons and two dauiniers, 17 'randchilr^ren 
and at that time L2 great-^-randchiLdrsn, 



r-r-,<.Lia -.osrer I'nrthwi.Tk' s f:;ther came fro-i Pan-Mitch, ^H.ah v;hen she wa.s about iB vr- ^Vj. 
her_ lather Henry, worked on the Sugar Factor/ in Suq^r City; had >^een, --/hen vonnger, a 
station .'laster .it a pony Hanr,v:3s citation i:i 'levada. After his ^'a'^ily vas ■-ro\m, he and 
bin '.nfe moved to Roseville, California x/here he owned a fruit farm. 



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CEMETERIES 



CEMETERIES 

The Pioneer Settlers of the lona and South lona needed a 
cemetery. South lona is now Ammon. The cemetery was located on 
East First Street, east of Crowley Road on the Ammon side of the 
road. This cemetery was first used by both communities. The 
lona used one part and the South lona used the other part. The 
location was adjacent to the Westergard's farm. (lo'acre plor 
was sold to people, in plots, 16 burial places on a lot) for 
$30.00. The lots were 20 feet by 30 feet in size. The reciept 
book records that the first lot was sold to W. C. Olsen on the 17 
of June 1899 for $3.00 and signed by John F. Shelly by Mickerson. 
A record states.... May 22, 1901 

Book shows you are indebted to lona Cemetery for 
Lot no. Due $3.00 Digging grave $3.00 pay 
to Jim Denning. 

In 1902 another record states.... Ammon, Idaho 1902 

to Bishop W. C. Rockwood 

Find check $17.00 from sale of cemetery lots. 

Send receipts to James Edder , Joe Crow, Mr. 

Covert, Edward Stewart. 

signed... by Bishop Christian Anderson 

(Ammon Bishop) 
On this 10 acre plot, the first bodies were buried in the 
center of the cemetery of the present cemetery. And later, when 
the area was marked off in lots and roadways, there were several 
graves located in driveways and had to be moved. First records 
show that the graves were only marked with an X, with no name as 
to who was buried there. Only records show that receipts were 
issued in 1896, 1897, 1901, 1902, 1903, etc. John Henry Denning 
and his son were the caretakers from 1896 (John H. Denning) to 
1933. (John H. Denning, Jr.) The money from the sale of lots was 
given to the bishop of the ward who took care of the cemetery 
business . 

A grandson of John H. Denning tells this story ... (Riley 
Westergard) John H. Denning was buried in the lona Cemetery in a 
wooden box with a bricked up vault. John H. Denning ' s wife.. Dora 
Rawson Denning, remarried to Arthur Ball. Arthur Ball's wife 
Janie had died and was buried in the lona cemetery in 1903 (Janie 
born 1879 died 1903) . After the two were married, they decided 
to move the graves to the Ammon cemetery, where they v/ere livng. 
When Arthur Ball v;as moving John H. Denning 's body, the caretaker 
John H. Denning Jr. (caretaker) asked if Arthur needed help. 
Arthur declined and went to working. After Arthur had the bricks 
off the vault, he found that the casket and box were only pieces. 
A skittering was in the bottom of the casket, everything was 
disintergated except the Temple apron, which was in perfect 
condition until touched. When touched the apron disintergated. 
Arthur really sweat, but scooped up the remains in a bushel box 
and went to Ammon. There he dug another grave and buried the 
remains. He also moved the headstone. John H. Denning Sr. was 
born November 4, 1857 and died May 12, 1904. 

Another report states When the cemeteries were to be 



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landscaped and beautified, a Mr. Shurtliff s grave was found to 
be in a roadway and permission was gained to move the grave and 
contents. While the men were moving they decided to open up the 
casket and see what remained. They had the casket hoisted up, 
using straps to lower in the grave. While lowering the casket, 
someone reminded the men that they hadn't opened the casket, "NO 
way were they going to open a casket" they lowered the casket 
into the vault and covered the grave without further comment. 

In the 1930 the government decided to beautify all 
cemeteries, laws were passed to issue a levy and the tax was to 
provide means for the landscaping and up-keep of cemeteries. The 
depression had work prefects for the people and one was the WPA 
(Works Project Administration) who installed a sprinkling system 
to provide watering of grass, shrubs and trees in 1933. Plots 
were revised on the maps, roadways and graves were recorded. 
Graves were named as to who were buried there on record instead 
of the X which was used. 

In 1906 or 1909, the Ammon people decided that a cemetery of 
their own was needed. Although the lona cemetery is located on 
Ammon side of the dividing line (road) a cemetery closer to Ammon 
was chosen, and is located 1 1/2 miles east of Ammon on the 
Sunnyside Road. On a hill overlooking the valley, once a dry, 
barren place where ground squirrels, and rodents were residents, 
it is now a beautiful place. Most cemeteries were often areas 
where water was not easily available, which also protected the 
graves. The tax levy provided for controlled use of sprinkling 
and watering the new shrubs, grass and trees. 

John Empey 1st homesteader donated the hill which was part 
of his pasture. The deed to the cemetery land was given to the 
Bishop of the Ammon ward who was Bishop Christian Anderson. The 
LDS church held the deed. 

The Ammon people, who could and who bought lots, moved 
their dead from the lona cemetery. Although many still kept 
their lots in lona and still bury their dead there. Among those 
burying in lona, are the descendants of Mr. Joe Crow, the first 
ones to buy a lot in lona. Walter Crow, son of Joe Crow, was 
buried in lona although he was a resident of Ammon, and a Sexton 
to the Ammon cemetery. 

Noah Lindsey, born in 1841 and died 1909, has been said to 
be the first one buried in the Ammon cemetery. The first reciept 
book shows that J. W. Lindsey purchased a lot for $5. 00.. Lot #1.. 
on April 20, 1909 and the receipt was signed by L. P. Neilsen. 

Noah Lindsey died from pneumonia. He had been to a dance in 
Ammon, and during ^the evening he dept going outside to cool off 
and caught a bad 'cold which developed into pneumonia, which 
caused his death. 

Other receipts showed Lot #2 was issued to Cecilia Grow en 
April 21, 1910, Lot #3, to August Zitting for $5.00 on November 
28, 1910; Lot #4 was issued to J. S. Smith for $5.00 on December 
19, 1911. 

Other receipts showed late, all signed by L. P. Neilsen. 

Although there are death dates previous to 1909 some 

1902,1903,1904,1905 etc. they may have been buried in lona and 

then moved to Ammon or have been buried in Ammon and later 



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recorded on lot sales. 

AMMON CEMETERY WARRANTY DEED no. 4294 Book 3 Page 188 

Bonneville County Approximately 7.8 acres 

17 June 1912, Between John and Elmira Empey(man and wife) 

and the Ammon Cemetery in Bonneville County, Idaho 

for the sum of one dollar ($1.00) 

(Description followed) 

Signed by John and Elmira S. Empey 

Edith Danielson (Notary Public) 

Anderson Brothers Bank 

Copy of Deed of Sale of adjoining property to Leo J. Nielsen by 

John and Elimra Empey v/as recorded the same day 

(from the Bingham County Records and then transfered to the 
Bonneville County Court House) 

A second meeting of the Ammon cemetery board--consisting of 
the Bishop, secretary and sexton (and perhaps one or two more) 
was held on December 13, 1930 according to the records of the 
cemetery . 

On March 15, 1932, two men were hired at $2 a day to clean 
up and level the ground. Fifty ash trees had been ordered by the 
board clerk on March 15, 1931. Men were hired at $5 per month to 
water the trees every 2 weeks. Only a few are still living 
today. 

An electric power line was installed at the cemetery in 1933 
in a roadway and permission was gained to move the grave and 
which provided power to pump water for the irrigation ditch to 
the area. J. T. Singley was hired at $30 a month to clean up, 
plant grass and water the area. Grass was planted in 1934. The 
tax levy of the state provided the finances for the care and 
beauif ication of the cemeteries, and they became a place of 
beauty . 

In 1940, hired labor was $1 an hour. Mowers and other 
equipment were then purchased to replace the old wore out ones. 

^ The trees had grown tall and needed trimming. The sexton 
(Clyde A. Smith) was called upon to do this work along with 
watering, cutting the grass, digging graves and repair of fences 
and the upkeep of the existing tool sheds and the recording of 
the graves. The cemetery board met to finance the expenditures. 
A 2 mill levy was added to help meet the financial needs. 

In 1951, the deed to the cemetery was clarified as belonging 
to the State Cemetery board and not to the church. The Bishop of 
the Ward area was the firt supervisor and held the deed to the 
cemetery. 



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UTAH-IDAHO SUGAR COMPANY 



WILLIAM ARMSTRONG AND ELIZABETH HARRIET ROBINSON 

About the time the Lincoln Sugar Factory was built, 1905, 
the Armstrongs came from Lehi, Utah. They rented an old house in 
Ammon, and commuted back and forth to work at the factory. 

At this time Carl and his twin sister, Katie, were four 
years old, born 1899. They were the youngest and all the others 
were born in Utah; Elizabeth in Cottonwood, Alfred, Marion, Ellis' 
and the twins Carl & Katie, in American Fork, the third son was 
born in Walsburg, in Wasacth County. 

William worked on the factory at Lincoln until it was 
completed. He also hauled logs from the canyons for the railroad 
ties at Basalt, this was the time the narrow gauge was raised, 
and widened and graded. 

Armstrongs bought the white frame house on Goshen Road where 
the Petersen's lived. After William passed away and buried in 
Basalt, Elizabeth and the family bought the home where Charles 
Lyons lives, across the street from the Basalt church. 

All the boys that were old enough took up homestead rights 
on the tributaries of the Blackfoot River. The three boys had 
land from Spring Creek to Miner Creek, Alfred, Ellis and Marion. 
Carl was not old enough then. 

Mrs. Armstrong, had a confectionery in part of her house, 
and a sort of ice cream parlor. Many young people congregated 
there. 

The children attended school in Ammon and Basalt. Hyrum 
Croft encouraged the family to move to Basalt. There were an 
active family and very friendly people. The boys married local 
girls and made their homes in and around Basalt. 
by Verda Armstrong 

REUBEN WATERS AND EMMA PUGMIRE 

Reuben and Emma bought the Jesse Crow place of his mother in 
1933. Effie Garndner had lived there for years. 

Reuben was a road grader for Bonneville County for many 
years, under Nick George, he worked under others until 1960, when 
he bought a patrol of his own, under a sub-contract. In 1962 
they were working in St. George, Utah, Borin, their son was 
killed in a construction accident. Lorin had served Uncle Sam in 
the army over seas in Germany. 

All the children had attended school in Ammon and Harvey and 
Lauradeen had graduated from Bonnevill High. Leatha and Helen 
from Ammon High School. 

The children are: Leatha (Johnson) , Lorin (Nyreen Haws), 
Carma (died in infancy) , Helen (Mitchell), Louise (Kelley), Laura 
(Pendleton) , Harve (Cutler) , Larry (Darla Smith) .^ The children 
are married and live around the valley. 

Reuben died in 1980 of a massive heart attack. 

by Leatha Waters Johnson 

ARNOLD ME LVINA JUDY CAMPBELL REED AND ALBERT REED 

Melvian married Arnold Campbell in October 4, 1916, and they 

seemed so much in love. They had six beautiful children, but a 

wage earner in those times did not have much income, Arnold was 

always trying to supplement his income. After nine years of 

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struggle, while he was working on a construction crew, in 
Pocatello, Arnold disappeared, the sheriff could not find any 
trace of his disappearance, as it was three weeks after he left 
last time, before his folks nor wife knew he was gone. 

The years went by, sadly with Melvina striving to keep the 
little brood together with the help of her father and Arnold's 
folks. Arnold never was a farmer, and some folks thought him 
without character. He was very talented musically, composed 
several songs with never any cash to print them, and get them on 
the market. The Campbell's through a depression and drought, lost 
their home and moved away from the hills, so could not help 
Melvina and the children. Her father found a place for them to 
live, and the children all worked where they could to get 
employment. 

During these years the family lived in many places, finally 
Melvina 's father made a home for the children as he owned places 
both in the hills and in Ammon. Most of their shcool days were in 
Ammon. Here Melvina and the ones old enough would go out 
thinning beets, and pick potatoes as most all young people did to 
get school money. Bishop Judy was always there to help them when 
they could not help themselves. 

Never any news came from Arnold, even when his parents 
passed away, they did not know where to send word. They came to 
the conclusion that he had met with foul play. This was very sad 
news, for Arnold was a loving boy, and very mild tempered. They 
sent a newspaper from some friends in California saying" an A. 
Campbell was listed on the casualty list of a sinking pleasure 
boat, in San Francisco Harbor, this was many years after his 
disappearance . . " 

In the early summer of 1929, Melvina was supervising a group 
of girls who were thinning beets, Albert Reed was the driver, as 
there was no place for Melvina with the girls, Albert asked her 
to sit with him in the front. As they passed the store, Albert 
asked the children some questions about their living. He was a 
widower, with several children. He made a date with Melvina to 
go to the carnival, as he worked for the Sugar Company and had a 
good livelihood and com.fortable home in Lincoln. 

Albert Reed and Melvina Campbell were married in the Logan 
Temple, and he asked that all the children take his name. 
Melvina had been desperate trying to support six children, she 
told Miranda her sister-in-law, "it was a case of getting a good 
father and help rather than a love affair. She said she had 
always been in love with my brother." any way Albert took good 
care of them as he had a home and good job, and it was not 
farming. 

The Reed family moved to Lincoln, where they had plenty of 
bedrooms and a permanent place to come home to; While living here 
four more boys were added to the family.. as the girls grew older 
they were married and moved away, but not until Albert and 
Melv,ina had taken them on several trips to Yellowstone and other 
places . 

After Albert retired for the Sugar Company they moved away 
from Lincoln back to Ammon, where they lived until his dea-h in a 
home near the old home of Melvina parents. 



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The children of Arnold, Albert Reed and Melvina had a fair 
education, from their moves around the country, Shelley, Lincoln, 
Ammon and back to Ammon. 

Melvina has lost her vision, since Albert died and has spent 

most of her time with her children. She was a devout mother and 

hard worker and showed them much love and devotion. The children 

loved their years in Ammon schools and Ward. 

submitted by Lola Barrett's son - Burnell 

THE PORTERS, IN AMMON 

Edson Isaac Porter and Clara M. Jameson Porter moved from 
Sugar Ciy, Madison County, Idaho to Ammon, Bonneville County, 
Idaho in the year 1919. Their family at that time consisted of 
Millecent, Edson Harold, Raymond J. and Alene. 

Edson and family moved into the "Hiatt" house on the 
townsite of Ammon. He was employed by the Utah-Idaho Sugar 
Company, as a Mexican interpreter and field man. He also rented 
a farm from Otto Holm and lived in the house acrossed the road 
from J.J. Field. The family lived on the farm during the summer 
months and moved to the townsite during the winrer so the 
children could go to school. 

Edson traveled to Mexico to recruit Mexican laborers for the 
Sugar Company, during the winter time. He carried his money in a 
leather money belt worn next to his skin. He also carried a 
pistol which he kept under his pillow while he was away from 
home. He awoke one night to find a Mexican serching his hotel 
room. The man soon left when he saw Edson reaching for the 
pistol . 

The oldest child of the family, Millecent, started to school 
the year the family moved to Ammon. She went to school in the 
basement of the old two-story building. Her first grade teacher 
was Jessie Nordstrom. The next year, the new school building was 
completed. She graduated from Ammon High School in 1931. 

Five more children were born to the Porter family, after 
they came to Ammon: Catherine, Grant Max, Barbara Jean, Maurice 
Kaye, and Stanley Carling. 

Edson served as a councilor in the Bishopric, with Leonard 
G. Ball bishop, and Gotlieb Blatter as the other councilor. He 
also served as YMMIA president. Clara served as a councilor in 
the Relief Society presidency, with Dora Ball, president, and 
Sybil Ball the other councilor. She also served as a Beehive 
teacher and organist. 

Getting to school was some times very difficult. The 
farmers drove their covered wagons during the winter months, and 
took the children to school. 

Some of the outstanding social events were: the Friday 
night dances in the old Recreation Hall, the Fourth of July 
celebration, and the Ward outings to Lava Hot Springs. 

Edson bought the Marriner Hailing farm in 1924 and the 
family lived at this place until 1934 when they moved to Lincoln, 
Bonneville County, Idaho. Millecent married Elden P. Lee that 
same year, and came back to Ammon to live. They had a family of 
four girls and one boy: Carole, Lynda, Gloria, Margaret and 
Elden Brent. 



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ELDON LEE AND MILLICENT PORTER 

After Joe Empey sold out to Joseph Lee, Eldon was old enough 
to get the know how about the farm. After he had married 
Millicent Porter, daughter of Edson and Clara M. Jamison, they 
moved to the farm in 1934. This place was one mile south, of the 
store, and runs west into the Sand Hills. 

About 2 years later, Eldon attended school in Idaho Falls, 
for two years. Millicent was in all musical circles, being 
trained in organ and piano. She was an asset to her ward 
wherever she lived. She taught in primary, Sunday school, Relief 
Society, MIA, also worked in the genelogical society for years. 

She has been an organist in an auziliary since her marriage 
and advent to Ammon. Millicent assisted in getting mitsri^^l for 
the OLD AMMON HISTORY. 

Eldon too, has been an ardent worker in the church, he has 
been Sunday school superintendent. Elders Quorum president, 
Seventy Gen representative. High Priest Group leader, and 
Secretary of MIA. 

Millicent remembers the first graduate from high school was 
Fern Barnhart. She said the school v;as small then, in 1927 the 
entire student body was 78, 

There will be a chapter about the schools and hopefully some 
interesting facts. 

Eldon farmed for the time here, he raised some grain, and 
hay and had some sheep. Both are retired now and are enjoying 
live. 

Eldon and Millicent had five children: Carol (Morrow) , Linda 
(Tober) , Gloria (Christensen) , Margaret (Hanson) , son of Raymond 
Shelley, only one son, Eldon Grant. 

HISTORY OF 
WALTER R. AND CHARLOTTE VANEPS WRIGHT 

Walter and Charlotte were married December 2, 1909 in Idaho 
Falls and were the parents of eight children: Edwin 0., Ethel D., 
Donald E., Leo W. , John H., Mark D., infant daughter, and Morris 
I. 

Walter R. Wright was born July 9 , 1886, the second in a 
family of five. He grew up on a farm in the Fairview area and 
later homesteaded on a dry farm in the Taylor Mountain area, 
where he operated a sheep range until he retired. He also owned 
a 250 acre farm in the Ammon area where he reared his family. 

Charlotte Van Eps Wright was born November 29, 1892. She 
also grew up in the same community of Fairview. She was the 
sixth child of eleven children. Grandpa VanEps was a farmer ,and 
at one time also owned and miled 100 head of milk cows. He and 
his three boys who were at home milked the cows by hand and 
delivered the milk to the neighbors. He operated two steam 
powered threshing machines to thresh grain for himself and the 
neighbors. He operated these machines for about. three years and 
then sold out and moved to Idaho Falls to retire. 

Dad bid on a school bus route and we all rode a 1929 Chevy 
truck for five years for $65.00 a month. Money was scarce in 
those days but we had enough for our needs. We always grew a 
garden, milked cows, fed chickens and for the most part provided 

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everything we ate. 

Our first shcool was at "Dewey" in a one room school house, 
one mile west and two miles south of Ammon. There were around 
fifteen students, some of whom were nearly grown adults. One of 
the boys rode a small buckskin pony to school. He would chase the 
children around the school house and keep the little ones 
terrified of him. One day he rode right up the steps of the 
school and right inside the building. The teacher took a stick 
and told him to stop it. He just went outside laughing and 
chased some more of the students. This fellow's name was LaZell 
Carter. The teacher was Miss Thorneau. 

Nearly every year we would be plagued with the flooding of 
Sand Creek. We spent many hours building dikes, digging ditches 
and trying to control the water that come from the spring runoff. 

Mr. Sorten was our next teacher and he tried to discipline 
the neighborhood children with an iron hand. One day he hit one 
of the boys with a long handled dipper. The boy's elbow became 
very swollen so he went home and reported the incident to his 
father who returned with enough influence that the teacher was 
fired from his position. 

Kay Anna Bell was our third teacher. She was very strict 
and at that time, most of the older kids quit school. Our 
fourth teacher was Bess Glanzman. She stayed for many years and 
was one of my favorite teachers. I graduated from the eighth 
grade in a class of eleven, which was an exceptionally large 
class for that time. I then went to Ammon High School with D. T. 
Williams as principal. He had a pair of redheaded twin daughters 
in my class. He was also the coach of the girls and boys 
basketball teams and they both went to the state tournament. I 
graduated from the Ammon High School in 1932. 

During these early days, there was a man who came from back 
east and stayed at our house. I don't remember his name, but he 
helped us organize a community Sunday School. My mother was the 
first superintendent. I won my first Bible for perfect 
attendance for one year. 

We were converted to the Mormon Church when I was nineteen 
years of age and I am now a High Priest. 

My father was a Grange member for many years and was also 
Grange Master for about five years. He enjoyed the Grange and 
was active in it until he retired at eighty-five years of age. 

I have many fond memories of the happenings in the Ammon 
area and have many fond memories of our neighbor friends, some of 
whom are still very dear to me. 

retold by Donald Earl Wright 

March 9, 1980 

HACKMAN DUMP EMMA AND FRITY HACKMAN 
The Hackmans homesteaded near the Dump for beets and spuds, 

real early, in fact the main road was named Hackman Road from St. 

Clair Road to the Washington school. The Wackerlis and Martins 

were intermarried with the Hackmans. 

Oscar Martin married Ada Hackman. They lived there on the 

old home place for many years, on part of the old homestead. 

Lloyd Martin operates the Martin farm in 1983. 

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Henry Hackman was a bachelor. He lived south of the Golf 
Course south of Ammon. Beth married an Overman. Ann married a 
Kruse, mother of Fred Kruse. Laura married Henry Meina of West 
Firth (both are now deceased) . Lewis married Ruth Wacherli. Inez 
married a Miller. 

There was an Arave who operated a horse training stable 
Otto Wessel lived close to the Dump. His wife was a sister to 
Ruth Wackerlie Herbert Wessel was on the Washington school 
board. (He is now dead) . Warren Wolfe also lived along the same 
road. The Hoffs lived near Taylor Creek, next to the Hills. 
Gladys Hoffs is a charming person, loves art and travel, 
homesteaders there years ago. Roger Searle was a bridge and road 
builder. He raises appaloosa horses (registered) . Robert Judy, 
whose wife loved Arabian horses lived in the area also. They are 
divorced. Goldmans and Scotts live on a near road. 

submitted by Warren Meina 

CHARLES LEROY VAN ORDEN 

Many of the residents of Ammon came after the turn of the 
century, for new vistas and frontiers were opened up then. 

Charles was born in 1880 in Lewiston, Utah, the thirteenth 
child in a family of fifteen. Only seven lived to an adult age. 

Charles father, Everett Clark Van Orden, was born in 
Mavaria, New York. His mother, Elizabeth Harris was born in 
Apperly, Clouustershire, England. 

Charles met, courted and married Rose Tucker of Morgan, Utah 
they were married in the home of her parents, James and Betsy 
Tucker, in November 1900. 

These grand parents, James and Betsy, were both from 
Devonshire, England and were converts to the LDS church, when 
they came to America. Rose was a twin and had two brothers and 
nine sisters. 

After living five years in Lewiston, they, Charles and Rose, 
loaded their possessions on a freight train, including cattle, 
farm machinery, and probably furniture. Dad rode with these and 
came to Idaho, arriving in Idaho Falls in 1905-06. 

My mother. Rose and the children. Sylvian, Betsy, followed 
on the passenger train. The VanOrdens, a good old Dutch name, 
settled on a 160 acres farm, one and one-half miles west from the 
Ammon townsite. 

The first home was in a two-story, log house, gradually 
through financial set-backs, the farm dv/indled to thirty acres. 

Sand Creek which run through the farm flooded it every 
spring. 

Three children were born in the log hous . LeRoy (died), 
Leora and Everett. In 1915 when Lillian was born a new four room 
house with a big front porch was built. It had water in the house 
and a bathroom, which was a luxury then. Our well did not have a 
motor to operate the pump when needed. A coal and wood heater 
would heat one room comfortably. Cooking was done on a wood 
stove, with a reservoir that heated the water. 

The lights inside and out were gas and kerosene. The one 
bedroom would be so clod in the winter it would freeze our breath 
on the quilts at night. It was so hot in the summer, we would 



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move our beds out on the front porch. 

Another baby, Lucille Rose, was born on a cold December day, 
in 1920, and the doctor came from Idaho Falls, as most babies 
were born at home. 

Mother often called to the bedside of the sick, she had a 
special knack during illness. 

There was always chores and work to do, such as carrying 
water, feeding the hungry stove, harnessing and unharnessing 
horses, feeding them, after a hard day in the field, we had to 
feed chickens, milk the cow, separate milk, and gather eggs, that 
were traded for groceries, at the country store, and this was 
important to farm familites. 

Haying and threshing were busy times, it was a tussle with 
the weather to get all the crops harvested and preserved. 

The neighborhood women would help each other as there was 
so many men to feed. We had no electricity, nor refrigerator, 
deep freezers were unknown. It took lots of food that was 
prepared on a hot cook stove, in the hot months of June, July and 
August. This was exciting for the kids for we got together to 
play. William Winder would flood part of his place for us kids 
to ice skate on. 

We had house parties with dancing and games. The first 
radio I remember was at Lee Fife's. Althero and Lillian would 
trudge through the snow for one mile to sit and hear a squeaky 
radio . 

The deep ruts of the dirt roads would need smoothing, this 
was done with a wooden leveler during the summer usually after a 
rain. Dad and Sylvan v/orked under the road supervisor. Lew 
Empey. They later worked at the Lincoln Sugar Factory. 

Mother and dad drove the school wagon and sleigh for several 
years . 

Dad filled a mission to the southern states, in 1918-20. He 
left mother with five children at home. 

Sylvan went to Germany on a mission in 1922. In 1923 
Althero went to Holland. Mother was Relief Society chorister at 
Ammon. She was asked often to sing solos. 

In the early days Ammon and many of the ward around held 
road shows, in the winter when the men could help. They would go 
from ward to ward. One of these shows was a three act play, TEN 
NIGHTS IN A BARROOM, Leo J. Neilsen played an excellent part of 
the drunkard, who supposedly killed his own little girl with a 
wine glass. My dad and mother both took parts in the plays, and 
really enjoyed them. 

In the spring of 1927 the folks sold their farm and moved to 
Goshen where they operated a grocery store for many years. They 
bought the store. While at Goshen Dad was a ward teacher, from 
1920-1950, then he was secretary of Elders Quorum, he was branch 
president of Yellowstone Branch, so they must have moved there. 

He was caretaker of the Goshen cemetery, and janitor for the 
church at the same time. 

Dad, Sylvan and Althero were High Priests. 

Rose died July 17, 1950, at Idaho Falls, Charles LeRoy in 
1961 at Rigby, both buried in Goshen cemetery, near an apple tree 
there that dad loved when he was caretaker there. 



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The children have moved to different places, Sylvan and 
Lillian the closest. Sylvan in Idaho Falls, and Lillian in 
Shelley, where she served as post assit. for many years. She and 
her family have been real active in public affairs. 

, —by Lillian Van Orden Eaton 

STREETER AND HILDA MOLEN WALLACE 

Streeter came from Kentucky as a convert to the LDS church. 
He met and married Hilda Molen. For sometime after their 
marriage they lived in Ozone for a time where both were active in 
the Ozone ward. 

Later Streeter and Hilda moved to Lincoln, where Streeter 
worked for the U & I Sugar Company as a sugar boiler for many 
years. Here they were active in the Lincoln ward and raised 
their family of two children: Clive Wallace and Marjorie Wallace 
(Eatinger) . 

Hilda Wallace died in 1978 - Streeter died about 26 years 
ago. 

They had six grand children and three great grand children. 



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DAIRYING AND GENERAL FARMING 



JASPER JOHN HAMMER Dairyman 

J. J. Hammer, or Jasper, as he has been known around Ammon, 
was born September 2, 1871, to Austin and Sarah Jane Paine Hammer, 
at Smithfield, Utah. 

He was the third son and fifth child in a family of ten 
children. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-Day-Saints, August 12, 1879, by Thomas Johnson, a friend 
of the family. 

Jasper's father died when he was 17 years old, in 1888, with 
ruptured appendix. At that time little was known of antibiotics 
or his life might have been spared. 

As the mother and children were left in meager circumstances 
each member of the family put forth their efforts to assist the 
widowed mother. 

Jasper was a born Nimrod and a gun and fish rod were tools 
in his hands. His older brothers taught him how to use a gun and 
a fish rod, and admonished him to use them only for good and when 
needed, and not for mere pleasure of billing. This training was 
very beneficial in his later life. 

He was gifted or talented with music, mimicry and dance and 
was blessed witha beautiful bass voice. He used these talents 
for the entertainment and training of others. 

Jasper's sweetheart was a neighbor girl named Sarah Ann 
Bartlett. They were married in the Logan Temple September 17, 
1890, and began their lives together while living on Wilson Lane, 
just west of Ogden, Utah. Jasper was working at a dairy. 
Probably it was his experience here that gave him the desire to 
start the Hammer Diary one mile north of Ammon. 

Their firt child was born July 27, 1891. They named him 
William Jasper. He was born while at Wilson Lane, Ogden, Utah. 

In 1892, land was opening up for homesteading in Idaho. 
This adventorous couple decided to make a new home in Idaho, 
because of the economy around Ogden. Late in the summer they 
began the trek by team and wagon. They settled on the Snake 
River about 3 miles north and west of Shelley. Jasper's sister 
and her husband had already settled in this area. Today this 
area is called Woodville. 

Both father and his wife, Sarah, had become real pioneers. 
They grubbed sage brush, cleared off the land, and built a one 
room log cabin and cellar. They also built sheds for their 
animals and put fences around the land to prove up on it. It was 
a law of Idaho at that time that with so many improvements and 
five years of residence they could have it for their own. The 
rattle snakes and the howl of the lonesome coyote brought fears 
to the young bride. There was also the never-ending wind that 
blew flour-like sand into the cabin. The great love of a valiant 
husband helped her to over come the hardships. 

This was the time that Jasper's skills provided meat and 
fish for their sustenance. I never knew a time when my father 
went fishing and hunting that he didn't come back with the limit. 

Their cabin had a sod roof and dirt floor when it was first 
built. By the time a second room was added, lumber was available 
for floors and doors could be purchased. Glass was also 
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My father endured many hardships at this period of his life. 
After the crops were planted canals had to be made and men worked 
on them with teams and slip scrapers. 

To help with the family income, father cooked for the men. 
The men of the community would go to the Lava Beds and bring 
Cedar trees for wood, which they sold for so much a cord in Eagle 
Rock. This was a . very dangerous task as there were large 
crevises and deep chasms where their horses might fall into, and 
also the extreme weather conditions of winter. 

Eagle Rock got its name because of the eagle nesting on the 
huge rocks along the Snake River. 

I well remember the anxiety of these wood trips but many of 
the pioneers made their only income from this source. 

Because of this gathering of wood the little village was 
named Woodville. To this day I still have fond memories of the 
beautiful Christmas trees and their delightful odor of these 
trees on the stand in the Church. 

My father was lovingly given the name of ' Jep ' for spiritual 
guidance. In 1894 he was made Presiding Elder of the Woodville 
Branch of Eagle Rock Ward, Bingham Stake. The Woodville Branch 
was made into a ward in 1904 with Jasper John Hammer as first 
bishop, Michael K. Hammer as first counselor, and Samuel Husrt as 
2n counselor. Jess Beckstead was made clerk. 

Father served as bishop until 1906. In 1905 the family 
moved to Ammon, Idaho. Jasper traded farms with John Chaff in of 
there, as he desired to be closer to Idaho Falls, which was a 
thriving town with many smaller villages near by. This larger 
school and community would afford the children a better 
education, and the work conditions were better. 

Jasper purchased an additional twenty-three acres of land 
from James Southwick, a cousin, making fifty-two acre he now 
owned. 

In 1908 he started a dairy and sold milk in Idaho Falls. 
This was the first dairy to serve the city.- He continued to 
build his herd until he had sixty cows. He rented 80 acres more 
from a lady in Salt Lake and use the land as long as he resided 
in Ammon. 

In 1910 my father built a new eight room home, a barn, and a 
milk house. I remember how happy my mother was with the new 
home. We had much company cousins, uncles, aunts, from Woodville 
stayed at our home, and we always had friends and neighbores 
dropping in. My parents were fine hospitable people. It seemed 
our house became a stopping place to the Ozone people who stopped 
to rest, visit, and water and feed their teams. How we enjoyed 
our many friends. 

In 1915 my father was called on a mission to the southern 
states where he served for two years under Elder Charles A. 
Callis. My brothers, with Lewis and Harold ran the dairy and 
farm while he was away. When he returned from his mission he 
sold the dairy as he believed it was keeping my brothers from 
attending church. He knew the great importance of this. 

While he was in Georgia, he met the Thomas Singley family. 
They were preparing to move west. Later I was to meet my 
husband, William Carson Singley, and became a member of the 



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family . 

On April 6, 1917, the First World War broke out. My brother 
Lewis went to war, but fortunately returned to our family. We 
continued farming the land until 1924, a total of 19 years, at 
which time we moved to Taylor, Utah. 

In 1926, my sister, Ella, was killed in an accident going up 
to Ammon for the Christmas holidays. This was a great shock to 
my father and he developed palsy. My mother passd away August 
23, 1938. These deaths weighed heavily on my father and on 
February 11, 1940 he also passed away. Both parents were 
returned to Ammon for funerals and were buried in Rose Hill 
cemetery in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

The home place in Ammon is still known as 'Hammer's Corner', 
to old timers. My father was a prominent man-. His name appears 
in "Prominent Men in Idaho" and also in a book called 
"Progressive Men Of Idaho". 

While in Ammon he was on the school board for years. He 
also served on election boards for several years. He was in 
charge of dramatics and dances and always took a leading part. 
The money was used for maintenance or other ward needs. 

He served as High Councilman under stake President Heber 
Austin, which necessitaded travel by horse back or by horse and 
buggy through Bingham Stake. He was blessed with the gift of 
healing and traveled miles in Woodville and Ammon to assist with 
the sick. 

I never heard my father or mother gossip or speak ill of any 
one. He taught us correct principles and lived like he taught. 
Our family was governed by deep love and compassion. I never 
heard him raise his voice to one of his children. 

My father was a very happy man. The children of Jasper and 
Sarah were: William J., Arthur J., Flora May (Anderson), Lewis 
E., Charlotte (Lott0e) , V. (Singley) , Harold H., Arvil V., Ira, 
Iletta Jane, and Ella (deceased). 

by Lottie H. Singley 

LOTTIE HAMMER SINGLEY 

My brothers. Will, Lewis and Harold ran the dairy and farm 
while he was away. When he returned from his mission he sold the 
dairy as he believed it was keeping my brothers from attending 
church. He knew the great importance of this. 

While he was in Georgia, he met the Thomas Singley family. 
They were preparing to move west. Later I was to meet my 
husband, William Carson Singley, and become a member of that 

family . 

April 6, 1917, the first World War broke out^. My brother, 
Lewis, went to war but fortunately returned to our family. 

We continued to farm the land until 1924, a total of 
nineteen years, at which time we moved to Taylor, Utah. 

In 1926 my sister, Ella, was killed in an accident going to 
Ammon for the Christmas holidays This was a great shock to my 
fathef and he developed palsy. My mother passed away August 23, 
1938. These deaths weighed heavily on father and on February 11, 
1940* he also passed away. Both parents were returned to Ammon 
for funerals and were buried in Rose Hill cemetery at Idaho 



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Falls, Idaho. 

The home place in Ammon is still known as 'Hammer's Corner' 

to old timers. 

I never heard my father or mother gossip or speak ill of 
anyone. He taught us correct principles and lived like he 
taught. Our family was governed by deep love and compassion. 

Our family was a very happy one. 

ISRAEL AND IRENE BAILEY 

The Baileys came to Ammon from Salt Lake City in 1915. They 
bought some land and the men did farming. Mrs. Bailey worked as 
a school teacher, probably did lots of work around the farm other 
than teaching. 

Israel had fine horses, and took pride in showing them. 

Jack was the son, married Golda Hanks from Shelley, He 
bought the Jesse Hayes home and forty acres and farmed on Crowley 
Road. He raised dairy cows had a Grade A dairy for years until 
Bangs hit the herd. He also had hogs, sheep and cattle. 

Jack and Golda had two children; 

Brent and Judith (Kitner) . Brent graduated from Bonneville 
High School. The children attended Ammon schools, elementary and 
junior high. 

JIM AND STELLA EMPEY 

Jim Empey was born in Ammon, Idaho in 1890, the year the 
state of Idaho became a state, the forty-third state to enter the 
Union. His was the first boy to be born in Ammon. His parents 
John and Almira Norton, from Lehi, Utah. 

The John Empey ' s came to Idaho among the early ones, in 
1887, the place they came to at that time was South lona. Later 
it was changed to Ammon, 1893. 

I was born in a log hous^^ three-quarters of a mile east of 
John's corner on Sunnyside. The house was built of square logs, 
square nails, and a dirt roof. This house I was born in was 
taken apart and the logs marked. It was moved upon the hill in 
one day. Then another room was built on to it. This cabin had a 
board floor in it. My father took bricks and rubbed it until it 
was smooth enough to scrub. 

Jim was a promoter of every good project. He helped make 
roads, canals, and was a Deputy Sheriff in Bonneville County as a 
special . 

When Fosbinder had the mail contract from Idaho Falls, to 
Bone, Jim helped in the winter with his teams. He helped his- dad 
homestead in the hills. 

For several years he was overseer for his fathers herds of 
sheep. He was a farmer and had the Tipperary school house moved 
from near Henry Canyon to his farm where he remodeled it and is 
the home where Nadeen lives today. This was after the school was 
dissolved, so many farmers moved to the valley in the winter. 

When Ammon had their Gala Days, Jim was the Grand Marshall, 
and honored as being the first boy born in the town of Ammon. 

The Empey' s were celebrating their anniversary, Stella, the 
mother, passed away December 21,1963. Jim moved out of rhe 

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house Jim died in 1978. All are buried in Ammon cemetery. Jim 
was a High Priest when he passed away. 

Jim and Stella Lords Empey children: Zelma (Gardner) , Idola 
(Harris), Vera (Hurley), Vestal, Velda (Egan) , Monta (Arave) and 
Nadeen (Howard) . 

BISHOP LYMAND AND JOSEPHINE WHITING 

Lyman came from Springville, Utah, in fact another report 
said he was born in Mapleton, this is not far from Springville. 
Josephine was born in Walsburg, Utah. 

In 1905, he and Josephine were maried in the Salt Lake 
Temple. Lyman had been active in MIA, where he was counselor in 
the Presidency. 

The Whitings came to Ammon in 1930, and bought the Old 
Arthur Ball place. They had lived in Provo, Utah, Shelley, Idaho 
and then to Ammon. 

Lyman was ordained a bishop of the Ammon ward in August 23, 
1936, with Reuben Anderson and Lavern Judy as counselors. 

Josephine had been a housemother in the LDS hosptial for 
fifteen years, in nursing. She had also served on the Stake 
Relief Society Board. 

Lyman and Josephine were officators in the LDS temple for 
fifteen years. Here they served well and were loved by all other 
officators . 

The Whitings had farmed and had a dairy business for several 
years. Mrs. Whiting was known all over for her beautiful 
flowers. These she furnished for many weddings, funerals, and 
church affairs, especially at the ward and stake conferences. 
She received honors from the Bonnevill County Beautif ication 
Flower Show at the Court House. She also received first prize 
for the individual award. 

Josephine was Stake Primary President of the Bannock after 
they moved to Pocatello. She had also been a Sunday school 
teacher, and a Relief Society president in Ammon. 

The Whitings moved to Pocatello in 1962. Mrs Whiting died 
the same year, 1962, at the age of 82 years. Bishop Lyman had a 
massive heart attack and died February 14, 1944. 

(Taken from obituary) Two sons, Lamar (Uarda Ball), and Ronald 
(Capitola Carter) and a daughter Helen (Dennison) survive them. 
Mrs. Whiting has one sister, Geneva Peterson, eleven grand 
children, and thirty great grand. Burial was in the Ammon 
cemetery. 

LAMAR AND UARDA WHITING 

When the Whitings came to Ammon romance began, between Lamar 
and Uarda. She was a graduate from Ammon High School. He had 
graduated from Provo High, and they both were graduates from BYU. 
Uarda was born and raised in Ammon. They were married in 1936. 
After Lyman Whiting passed away, Mrs. Whiting went to Pocatello, 
to be near her daughter. Lymar and Uarda moved into the old home 
on the Arthur Ball place. This place was one mile east and 
one-half mile north from the Ammon stor. 

Lamar did some farming and had a dairy herd. They still 
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Lamar has been Elder's Quorum Secretary, ward clerk for 
eleven years, stake clerk eleven years, secretary High Priest 
Quorum and ward clerk again. He was very dependable with figures 
statistics, and was very accurate with ward memberships. He had 
been an asset to the ward and stake in which he resided. 

Uarda has always been active in the church and school 
auxiliaries. She attended grade school in Ammon, also high 
school. She has been on the stake board of R.S., counselor to 
stake relief society and YWMIA, also president of Young Womens , 
as well as president of R. S. and has taught social science in 

The Whitings have three children, all BYU graduates: 
Margery Jo, married a returned missionary: Larry, the only son, 
is presently a regional zone leader of the general welfare. He 
also filled a mission. Katherine Jean, also married a returned 
missionary. They presented the family with twins. Lamar and 
Uarda have fourteen grandchildren, and all are actively engaged 
in church and school activities. 

JACOB WILLIAM GQODSON 

Jacob and Maud Herman, met in lona and after their courtship 
they were married in Salt Lake Temple. Jacob was born 1890 in 
Lehi, Utah, drifted to Idaho. Maud was born in 1895 in Toole, 
Utah, she came with her parents when just a baby to lona, Idaho. 

Jacob and Maud built a little house in lona, but did not 
stay there long. They started to work for Bert Payne where they 
farmed in St. Leon, Idaho. They lived near the school at this 
place so could see all activities at the school. 

In 1935 they moved to Ammon, on Gus Anderson place on Easr 
17th-The old Southwick place-stayed two years away where they 
worked at Taylor, then back to Ammon. They were renting places 
OS this time they lived across from the church farm, west of 
Ammon . 

They rented the Hammer place one mile north of Ammon on 
Ammon-Lincoln Road. The children attended the Ammon school. 

After the school burned down the PWA gave assistance and 
many unemployed men had work with the project of rebuilding, 
Jacob hauled gravel from the pit north of Ammon, on Sand Creek. 
He farmed when he was able, on different places in Idaho. After 
his retirement he burned weeds and worked for the Weed Control on 
the canals. 

Jacob and Maud had ten children, one Gary was an adopted 
boy, a nephew, their children: Melva (Fox, deceased) , Wilma 
(Mitchell, Fred a butcher), Eva (Cook, farmer) , Earl (District 
Representative for Cal Stores), Dale (he and Earl twins, 
counselor at BYU) , Ruth (Payne) , Jo Ann (Feilding) , Marie 
(Trollinger, deceased) and Carolyn (Wilding) . 

Dale filled a mission to Hawaii, JoAnn filled a mission to 
South West Indian, Arizona. Gary filled a mission to Hawaii, and 
is a lawyer back in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

When the Sand Creek overflowed the Goodsons basement was 
filled with water, everything was ruined. 

The Goodsons bought a little home after he retired on 
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Maud, still resides in this little home she is not with some 
of her children. Jacob died in February 9, 1982, in the Idaho 
Falls Hosiptal. The funeral service was held in the Ammon First 
LDS chapel, he was buried in the Ammon Cemetery. At this service 
there were eleven bishops officiating, some of them the Goodson 
family members. Very Beautiful. 

by Earl Goodson 

PAUL DEFFINGER 

As one drives east on Seventeenth Street toward Ammon, one 
sees homes, yards and barns being demolished. Progress is on the 
march. New buildings and businesses have taken place of the old 
homesteaders and early ones. On both sides of the road are new 
Malls, offices, stores, and one hardly knows where they used to 
live . 

Such is the case with th Old Def finger home, once very 
attractive and with real active people. 

Gotlieb Deffinger came from Russia and was a very successful 
farmer in this Ammon district. His wife, Etta, was from 
Nebraska. They had homesteaded at Roberts before coming to 
Ammon, where they purchased a farm, from Gustavson. 

The two boys were very active in school and activities. 
Paul and Theodore Deffinger. 

Paul was in the Air Force of World War II, and came home 
injured. He married Jennie Batemen from lona. They live in 
Ammon and are retired now. 

Paul said his dad bought forty acres, where the Def fingers 
lived on Seventeenth but at one time they farmed over three 
hundred acres along Seventeenth Street, on both sides of the 
street. Sadie Olsen's place was included. 

Paul graduated from the Ammon High School, Theodore 
graduated from Ammon High School, he took up pedopodist in San 
Jose, California (foot doctor). He was also a mail carrier. 

Mr. Deffinger, Gottlieb died in the forties, and the mother, 
Etta, was killed in a car wreck in 1954. Both are buried in 
Feilding Memorial Cemetery, in Idaho Falls. 

submitted by Paul Deffinger 

RUSSELL AND ERMA GARDNER EVERETT 

Some very wonderful people lived south of Ammon, who 
attended the Dewey school for some years. Russell and Erma 
Everett were some of these people. 

Erma was born in Annabel le, Utah attended Ammon School, also 
Brigham Academy in Salt Lake City, she sang in the Youth Choir in 
the Tabernacle, in Salt Lake City. 

Everett was born in Woodville, Idaho. After Russell and Erma 
were married the people had a little saying; "George Gardner was 
on the hill, Ed Everett in the valley, Erma and Russell built a 
house in the middle." This was their location when first 
married. The Everett's lived three miles south of Ammon Store, 

one fourth west. ' ■ ^v. ^u ^ 

Everett attended business school, and along with others from 

Ammon went to California to a machinist or engineer school, he 
has been a farmer and a clerk in a store. 

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Russell and Erma had two boys and two girls: Norman who 
lives in Californis, Glenn who was killed in the service of his 
country, Maxine (Andrews) a nurse in Idaho Falls, lives in Leo 
Neilsen's brick home. She graduated in 1951 while living in 
Ammon. She is still nursing in Idaho Falls Hospital. 
Marlene (Howard. ) Maxine has two daughters who are nurses — Trena 
Andrew Park, and Dethea Andrews Hanny. Both are still nurses in 
hospital . 

Grandmother Everett, had one acre of garden and orchard, she 
also had beautiful flowers, and has several county awards as 
prizes . 

Both Russell and Erma are both dead, and buried in Ammon, I 
presume. 



submitted by Marcene Everett Andrews 

LEONARD NIELD 

The Nields moved form Afton, Wyoming to Ammon, purchasing a 
farm just west of the big canal on 17th street, where they farmed 
and had a dairy herd. The grandparents homesteaded at Popular, 
Idaho. After Leonard was married he moved to Ririe then to 
Ammon. Their children attended the Ammon schools, students 
remember. Rex and Bonnie. 

They moved from the farm to Montana. Probably several 
others have rented and run it since, but the Nields were there in 
1933-34. Rex was a photographer. 

This was another of the farms being demolished and new 
places being built instead, along East Seventeenth Street, part 
of the Ammon area. 

The Nields went from Ammon to Montana, no date obtainable. 

JACK AND SADIE OLSEN 

Also one of the old being removed to put in the 
new — ADVANCEMENT, they call it. When Jack and Sadie owned the 
place for many years, they had built many improvements on the 
farm. One was a huge barn to shelter both cows, calves and 
horses and hay. At one time they owned 160 acres on the east 
side of Big Sand Creek on Seventeenth. A warm rock house was 
built on the east eighty, with abundant yards and corrals and 
buildings. Sadie and Jack had one son. Earl, who graduated from 
school then went elsewhere to make a career for himself. Earl 
died but had married before. His widow still lives in Idaho 
Falls. 

Many renters came and left on the Olsen place, it was sold 
and repossessed until today big developments companies, such- as 
Grobergs, and Sand Creek Development Co. have removed all vistage 
of a farm. 

After Jack died, Sadie married a Cuthbert. She owned 
several apartments on south Boulevard. She has been gone for 
many years. 

Roy and Marie Christensen rented and bought and lost. They 
had children who attended Ammon schools. 

The Bryant Stringhams rented one year, lost their shirt. 
The farm was in a run down condition, no one had the cash to 
build it up. Stringhams children sent to Ammon school. From 



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now on It will not be the old Olsen place, it is getting a face 
lifting, and will probably be known as the New Addition for there 
are many of them around Ammon. 

GUSTAVE AND BERTHA MACDONALD 

Gustave was born in Syracuse, Utah and Bertha in Hooper, 
Utah. They were married in Bountiful, Utah. In 1918 the Mac 
Donalds came to Idaho with two little boys, Leonard and Elmer. 
They bought a place one and one-half miles straight north of the 
Kelley's Store. Their business or livelihood was farming. 

The family were active in the LDS church. Bertha was a 
visiting teacher and also worked in the primary. Probably the 
father found some work at the Lincoln Factory when the farming 
was done. Many of the farmers did this. 

Bertha always had lovely flowers and a productive garden to 
help with the family living. 

The four children of the MacDonald's were: 

Leonard, Elmer, Ruby(Andrus lives in California, and Verna 
(Egbert lives in Utah), Dale another son was wounded in the 
service. 

All the children filled missions from the Ammon Ward of the 
LDS church. 

Both parents were buried in the Ammon cemetery. 
(Bertha's brothers, Joe, Walter, and Alvin Cook came with them to 
Idaho lived in Ammon a while, returned to Utah) 

LEONARD AND ERMA CHRISTENSEN MACDONALD 

When Leonard and Erma were married, they built a cute little 
log two roomed cabin on the corner of his fathers farm, and 
where he was to farm some day. (1983) It still stands today on 
the same corner, with a back ground of modern condominums a short 
distance. Across the street to the west is the Country Corners 
Short Stop store and gas service. All fishermen and campers 
going to the hills fill up here. This little log house could 
tell a host of stories if it could talk. When Erma lived in it, 
there was flowers and pretty curtains, and weedless yards, and 
pretty decorative fence. If I were the MacDonald's it would be 
left just as it is for a monument of the past romantic years, 
spent there. This little house was built in 1934, so Leonard 
told me. 

Wayne Wilcox operates the apartments as this ground was sold 
when the senior MacDonald passed away. 

Leonard tells a story of the flood of Sand Creek: "After my 
father died, mother was living alone in her house one-half mile 
south of Leonard's. She was alone and would not leave her home. 
The water had filled the basement and ruined a spud cellar full 
of spuds, but still mother would not go. The home was surrounded 
with water. We kids invited her out to dinner one time, and 
would not take her back, that's how we got her out." 

Leonard and Erma now live in the old home where their 
parents lived. 

They have two girls: Margery lives in California, and 
Marcene lives in New Zealand. 

submitted by Leonard MacDonald 



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DOCTORS FROM AMMON 
RULON ROBISON had attended much of the schools of Ammon, 
outstanding doctor with offices at 2065 E./7th, Idaho Falls. 

T. W. MCCOWIN, orthopedic surgeon, 1848 Jeppson Ave. Idaho Falls 

DAVID M. JONES, medical doctor, with practicing done in 
Pocatello, Idaho. David received most of his elementary at 
Glenore, and Ammon High School 

LANNY L. Nl<^LSm, came to Ammon as a school teacher, became 
principal, and later took up dentistry, practiced many years in 
Idaho Falls, Idaho 

DALE LEE, became a graduate of Ammon schools and became a dentist 

MERLIN PURCELL raised in Ammon and became a doctor, just died 
recently 1983. 

KIM JOHNSON a graduate of Ammon and Bonneville schools, an 
outstanding doctor. 

LYNN BLATTER, AND KAY BLATTER both became dentists, however they 
are not in Ammon, were raised ther, and attended the schools 

GENE BODILY was schooled in the iQO'LL15G^?5 and is a practicing 
veterinarian 

M. DUANE JONES was a graduate of Ammon high school and Moscow, 
Idaho He had his own shop of Holmes, in Idaho Falls for many 
years. His field was in veterinary. He sold his business in 
1972 operating the home ranch in Glenoreon Sellar Creek, and has 
some cattle. His home is on 1020 12th, in Idaho Falls. He built 
two clinics while in the veterinary business. 

NEWELL RICHARDSON who practices in Idaho Falls but was raised and 
lived in Ammon. At present he lives on Township Road south of 
Ammon . 

REED FIFE is a physician surgeon in Idaho Falls. He was raised 
the son of Lee and Snobia S. Fife, had his elementary school 
while living on a farm, and high school in Ammon, continuing his 
education into colleges and universities. He has -his masters 
degree . 

RONALD FIFE Alan also went to college and extended his education 
after goint to Ammon for elementary and to college. His field is 
in Psychiatry, working with medicine for and cure of the mental 
patients . 

**•**•*•**•••************ 

MIDWIVES 
There may be more doctors who have lived in Ammon, but they 

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have never been identified. There were some women doctors who 
delivered many of the babies in the first fifty years. It would 
be ungrateful not to mention them here. Some worked with the 
doctors but some were on their own. 

Annie Hiatt, had a maternity home in Ammon for many years, 
I believe she was licensed. Mrs. Denning came down from lona and 
helped deliver, and care for the mother for days. Marie Feild 
also went into the homes to help, as did Rosa Owens. 

ANNIE HIATT AND THE AMMON MATERNITY HOME 

The exact date of the opening of the Maternity Home in Ammon 
is not known. But from the histories of other birth dates that 
were born in the Maternity Home, it must have been somewhere 
around 1915 « 

Annie was the daughter of Arthur and Angel ine Pace Rawson. 
The Rawsons came to Ammon in 1886. Arthur was the first bishop, 
he also dug the first well in Ammon. One of Annie's brothers, 
William John, married Nancy Etta Southwick, another old timer and 
early settler. He was the superintendent of the MIA for years. 
Lucinda, another sister married Franklin Owen Annie had an 
older sister, Dora, who married James Denning, he -Uei -mi. she .x..-- 
married Arthur Ball. Another sister, Luetta, married Horace 
Grow. Annie married Thomas Hiatt, who was not in favor of her 
making a maternity home, but she did a splendid job. 

Annie would go with horse and buggy to Ucon, Dewey, and lona 
and deliver many babies, she would also spend several days 
nursing and helping the families until the mother could get on 
her feet. She was very patient and kind, and had great empathy, 
having had many children of her own. 

Many of the mothers were out of town or from the dry farms. 
I was a girl thirteen when my baby brother, Randall, was born at 
the maternity home. Papa took her den the thirteen miles with 
horse and buggy, I was left to care or the younger brothers and 
cook for the older ones. How well I remember how anxious I was 
to have her come home after seven weeks of cooking and washing 
for the family. She was confined with a caked breast, for weeks. 
She finally weaned the baby and became better. I went to see my 
mother and really learned to respect the kindness of Annie Hiatt 
for my ailing mother. In 17 months, my mother was there again, 
with the birth of Viola. When the census was taken in 1900 this 
information was found in it: 
Hiatt, Thomas age 41 born in Utah 
Hiatt, Annie age 36 born in Utah (midwife) 
Hiatt, Laura born in Utah 

Hiatt, Ressa born in Idaho 

Hiatt, James born in Idaho 

Hiatt, Horace born in Idaho 

Hfiati, Estel.la born i^ l^daho 
Hiatt, Alphonzo born in Idaho 



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DOCTORS -NURSES -LAWYERS 



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Bonneville County School Superintendent 
Anton Pederser 





Rosa ^filing-ford {^iten) 



NURSES AT AND FROM AMMON 
Probably some of the very first girls who went into the 
hospital and became trained nurses were as follows: 

Olive Holm Maxine Everett 1951 

Hilda Holm Marlen Everett 1967 through Ricks 

Edna Feild . Trena Andrews Park 

Ruth Feild Dethea Andrews Hanny 

Beamy Nance Helsie Knight 

Venetta Anderson Venita Judy 

Sheila Anderson Alice Jones was a Cadet Nurse 

Wanda Lee Nelson Margene Seyfert 

Jane Wood Gloria Lee Christensen 
June Campbell 

Charlotte Barrus, Shirley Barrus, Carolyn Barrus Roslyn Barrus 

(These four girls of H. B. Barrus were from Ammon, for years) 

June Campbell graduated from Seminary and High Schoo/ while 
living with her sister, Miranda C. Stringham, 1937-38. There is 
quite a story of how June gained her training. It was her desire 
to go into training as soon as she graduated but the Stringham's 
were having financial strains and could not help her at this 
time . 

After June was married to Earl W. Wadsworth and their four 
children were in school, June kept a nursery in their basement in 
Idaho Falls, and by the time she was to the stage of college 
requirements, she was ready. She had attended nursing in LDS 
hosptial in Idaho Falls, then set out to get to college, after 
getting her family off to school, she drove to Ricks College 
every day required, attended classes, home at night, cared for 
her family and studied lessons. She graduated from nursing June 
2, 1960, and worked her self up to a surgical nurse in the 
hospital. June was in this position some fifteen years. 

During one of her vacations, she had a knee cartlidge, 
removed. The day she was leaving to go home, she passed out in 
the wheel chair, they rushed her to the operating room. An 
anerism was found in the back of her head, they got this stopped 
then it broke again. This time bleeding into her brain. She 
had told her older sister, Miranda, that she had two choices. 
She died December 15, 1975 in the hospital, in the place she 
loved to work. She made many friends, and Jack Wood said of her, 
"June's viewing was one of the largest we have had." The doctors 
said she was very patient and had a special way with children 
from wrecks. 

RULON D. ROBISON, DR. 
Rulon's people came from Morgan County, great grand parents 
from Pennslyvania. He is the fourth child in a family of seven, 
the children of Ruby Evelyn Molen and Roy Robison. The grand 
parents, Alexander Robison and Ethdyn Asper, came straight from 
Weber County to the ranch in Long Valley, in the hills. Alec did 
not homestead, but bought the place from the Empey ' s and the 
Platte Stringham relinquished from another man, Thomas. The 
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had sheep, then later raised stock and grain. They came to Idaho 

in 1919. 

Roy and Evelyn spent their summers in the hills and they had 
a home in Ammon. Where they spent most of the winters, some of 
the children attended school at Glenore for a few years. The 
children of Roy and Evelyn are: Maurice (navy) , Shirley, 
Richard (sports), Rulon (doctor), Weston Kay, Val, and Steven. 
All the children attended high school in Ammon, except Rulon 's 
senior year. He walked or caught a ride with Irene Bailey to 
Idaho Falls High School. 

Rulon liked to dance, and took a class in dramatics, was in 
a school play. He said, "Some of the highlites on trips were when 
I was a kid, and dad took us to Yellowstone Park, or out to 
Salmon. An other trip I remember was when I went to Mexico, while 
a junior in high school." 

The four youngest sons of the family went on missions, 
Rulon, Weston Kay, Val and Steven. All were active in the church 
after we moved to the valley. 

Rulon spent nine months in the Berlin Crisis, however was 
not called to go overseas. 

"I met the girl of my choice, Joan Holladay, our first time 
was on a blind date, but it was a lasting one, we were married 
before I left for medical school at George Washington University 
in Washington D.C., where I specialized in obstetrics and 
gynecology. 

Joan has been a lovely mother to our six children: David 
Earl, Daniel Roy, Douglas R. , Steven W. , Jon Richard (Dick), and 
the only girl Rebecca Joan. 

I have held many church postions in Ammon. Was stake 
president for six and one-half years, and still am 1983, time of 
this history. For many years was over the Seventies missionary 
work. 

I have practiced as a doctor, in obstetrics and gynecology 
in Idaho Falls for most of my married life. Have the same office 
on E. 17th that I have had for many years, at 2065 E. 17th. 

At the Old Ammon Reunion a year or so ago, slides were shown 
of some of the oldest people and the real early ways of these 
pioneers. They were very interesting to me and I will be glad to 
have them and their stories in a book. 

'-submitted by Dr. Rulon Robison 

THE MC COWINS 

T. E. McCowin built a log house in Ammon, this was the birth 
place of most of the children. Later a second home was built 
south of Idaho Falls, on Sand Creek. The last four daughters were 
born here, in the brick home now occupied by Melvin Hult. 

T. E. planted a row of evergreens and black locust trees in 
1920. These made a fine windbreak. 

He was. one of the first to sponsor WAR BONNET ROUND-UP, this 
became quite a celebration in the early days of the valley. 

The children attended school in the Washington school a few 
miles south of Ammon. Most of the LDS people came to Ammon to 
church. 

In 1958 Ammon city purchased 20 acres of the Ross McCowin 



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farm for an elementary school grounds and a City Prak. Farther 
to the east from City Park is the home of Titus W. , the medical 

doctor, and grandson of T.E. McCowin, the early pioneer. Dr. 

McCowin played a cello at the McCowin reunion. He was 
accomopained by his daughter. 

Doctor is the son of the writer, Alma Lee McCowin & T.E. 
McCowin . 

taken from the book "McCowin Family" 

by Alma Lee McCorwin 

BURGIES 

The Brugies were part of the family of McCowin, Bessie, a 
daughter married Ernest Burgie in 1911. The children attended 
the early schools. 

Titus Elmer was a stockman and veterinian. He was born in 
Nebraska, in the Indian country, his father was a fur-trader, 
Titus was a Texas Ranger, rode with cow outfits, raised hogs, and 
registered horses. 

Parents of fourteen children. Francis Burgie played an 
important part in the Ammon High School in the thirties. His 
name and picture are in the year book of 1936-37. 

THE HAYES 

From the book by Alma Lee McCowin, we find the Hayes, 
Charles, Jesse, and early timers were also relatives of the 
McCowins. Priscilla Hayes was the wife of Titus Elmer. 

William Hayes came from England and was from a long line of 
construction people in England. He was a maker of bricks and 
ceramics. According to the tradition, when a house was needed in 
England, a good spot was chosen where there was clay, and 
everything needed would be made, walls, floors, and utensils. 
Charles Hayes Sr. was a brother of Priscilla and father of Jesse 
and Clifford. 

CARL AND EDNA NEILSON WOLD 

Carl and Edna came to Ammon about the same time as the 
Nielsens and the Grandpa Nielsen came. Edna was Leo Nielsen's 
sister. Carl became mayor of Brigham City, Utah while there and 
was active in community affairs. 

They purchased a lovely peach orchard from grandpa Nielsen 
after they left Ammon and returned there to Brigham City. 

Carl and Edna bought a lot from Nielsens and built a 
comfortabel home just a block west from Leo and Ella on the 
corner. They lived there many years, and worked on farms and 
various jobs. 

They were the parents of three children: Lagrande 
(accidently killed) , Larraine, her hubby owned a morturay, Barbra 
was a school nurse. The children attended school in Ammon, then 
moved to Brigham City, Ut;?/) . 

ROLF WOLD AND STELLA WOLFE AND VERNA WOLD AND EFFIE EMPEY 

The Wold's came from Riverdale, Idaho to Ammon about 1917 . 
They purchased a farm 2 1/2 miles south of Ammon, across from the 
Ray Jordans. Vernal was a brother who came with them, he 



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attended school in Ammon, and married Effie Empey, daughter of 
John Empey. They were married in 1923 and live 1/2 mile south of 
her .'father's place. They farmed and later ■moved to California, 
then ventured to Montana, but finally arrived back at the home 
place east of Ammon. 

Rolf and Stella moved to Idaho Falls where Rolf was a deputy 
sheriff o He was also county assessor, and probate judge of Idaho 
Falls courts, then Bingham County. It became Bonneville County 
in 1911. Rolf was probate judge of Bonneville County at the time 
of his death in 1924. 

Both, in fact, all three brothers lived in Ammon, Rolf, Carl 
and Vernal in 1912 and later. Rolf spoke at Leo Nielsen's 
funeral and showed deep love and respect for Leo, who was Carl's 
wife Edna's brother. Rolf was a temlple sealer in Idaho Falls 
temple for years. Rolf and Leo were missionaries together in 
AMmmon and brought 11 souls into the church. Vera Lee was 
baptized by them, she has been a pillar of strength to the church 
and the town. 

In his talk at Leo's funeral he told how Leo had befriended 
him so many times, one time taking his car to their homestead on 
Hell Creek, a rough rugged drive, and brought Rolf's son, who had 
pneumonia to the doctor in Idaho Falls, a 2 1/2 hour drive, and 
Leo did it willingly. 

Another time he took me to 320 acres of land thar I proved 
up on eventually, many times extending financial support for 
lumber, wire, and materials by signing a note with me at the 
Lumber co . 

It was Leo who came to our home before the undertaker when 
Stella, my wife, passed away June 26, 1923. He had received the 
-news from my ■ brother -Carl. It was. 3 A. M. but Leo never 
faltered. Rolf was a true Latter-Day-Saint and recognized Leo's 
love for his fellowmen. They were close friends to the very last 
and is his sermon talk admonished Ella and the children to not 
hold Leo's actions as himself, for after the stroke he suffered 
as Job with buffetings and torments of Satan. Rolf said, "This 
was not the real Leo that we knew when he was himself, after 7 
years of lying in bed. It was not the Leo we knew in the past. 
Think of him as a tnan who has helped hundreds of people." 

. by Rolf C. Wold 

HENRY AND THULA BAILEY ROSEN by Thula B. Rosen 
The parents of Henry were both born in the Old County. 

Agnes marie Dierufelt, was born in Switzerland, John Gotterlub, 

the father in Germany. 

They were married civily , she a widow with two boys, John 

and William, from a pervious marriage. Agnes, the mother of both 

the boys died in Bear Lake. The Rosen's came to Ammon when Henry 

was about three years old, in 1908. He was evidently the son of 

Agnes also, history did not say. 

John married a lady from the old country who raised Henry in 

Ammon. Henry and Thula knew each other from school days and in 

church, They were married June 22, 1927 in the Logan Temple. 

She was like a mother to Henry, as she was a good cook, and a 

meticulous housekeeper. 

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Henry and Thula acquired the Oriole Anderson place, he had 
built in Ammon. The Anderson's moved out on the farm. Rosen's 
remodeled the home and moved in it. This is where they raised 
their family, seven children: Melvin, Marcon, Doreen, Dwane , 
Rosemarie, Katherine and Delmar H. 

They have sixteen grand children and one great grand child. 

Henry attended one year at Ricks, after graduating from 
Ammon High School. He was ward clerk of Ammon ward for thirteen 
years. He filled two stake missions, he was a scout master and 
taught Sunday school. 

He tried farming but gave that up, and worked for Montgomery 
Ward in Idaho Falls, as tax assessor, he later v/ork for Union 
Pacific . 

He had done odd jobs since he was 65, he and Thula were 
temple workers. 

Henry died at the age of 77, on January 30, 1980. 

Thula helped her parents homestead on Dan Creek. They often 
brought 14 cans of cream to the creamery in Idaho Falls every two 
weeks . 

Jesse Bailey her father would come up from the valley where 
they were haying to get the cream and bring supplies of salt, and 
things for the homesteaders. After Thula and Henry were married 
she kept school teachers in Ammon. , She also worked in the spud 
house and thinned beets. 

She held positions in the church in Sunday school and boys 
leader in primary. She served on the Sunday school stake board 
for three years. 

Thula did nursing in Idaho Falls after her family were 
raised. Her baby was 9 years old when she started. 

Thula lives a very active life in her spacious and 
comfortabel home, on Lincoln-Ammon Hiway. Although she is alone 
she is involved in temple work, genealogy and bead work. 

Her children are very thoughtful of her, and several live 
close by. 

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I, the writer, would like to add my thoughts about Henry, as 
we lived in the same ward for several years. Henry was a very 
dependable clerk, and a devout member. Thula was a very 
particular housekeeper, and both took pride in their yard and 
home. They had truly been an asset to Ammon. 

by Miranda Stringham 



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Albert Owen with the Dough-boys of 1916-1918 



SCOUTING AND THE MILITARY 







SCOUTING 



REUBEN ANDERSON 

Reuben was born in Mantua, Utah, the son of Christian and 
Annie Anderson in 1892. He came to Idaho with his parents when 
he was two years old. He attended elementary school in Ammon and 
graduated after two years at Ricks Academy. 

He served a mission to England, while he was on his was to 
England the Titanic sank just the beginning of World War I, the 
ship he was on had to go two days off course to miss the same 
iceberg . 

Reuben was camp jockey when he was eleven years old and he 
had sheep to be taken to the summer reserve. They fed on ranches 
in the valley in the winters. Some years they wintered out on 
the desert, near the Buttes. 

The Gardners had come and lived near Andersons all the men 
worked on the canals. He met Chloe, the daughter of one of these 
neighbors, her parents were Than and Rose Gardner. Chloe and 
Reuben were married in 1918. The couple lived at Sand Creek in 
Hog Holler, the school was built just a short distance east of 
Reuben's ranch. The name HOG HOLLER was given it because a man 
near raised hogs, and he was always hollering at them. 

When the gound was surveyed, my father bought a 
relinquishment and built a house near the bend, below the canal. 
They had to ford the canal above so his father built a foot 
bridge across. Reuben learned to play with the water at an early 
age and the canals were very dangerous. His father turned him 
over in the canal this helped a little bit. When older he would 
swim their ponies across. They also farmed at Sugar City and 
Moore . 

Reuben was the first Scout Master in Ammon and worked in 
scouting for fifty years. He saw much development in boys, many 
of them became bishops. Reuben earned his Silver Beaver Ward. 

From Ammon the Anderson's would trail sheep to Wyoming, then 
trailed them to the market at Soda Springs. He and his dad were 
always in sheep. 

In 1964 Reuben and Chloe filled a mission to the southern 
states. In 1966 Reuben sold out to his son Bern and retired. 
They moved to Idaho Faljs. 

The Andersons had seven children: Sheridan, Cannon, Kent, 
Bern, Dee (deceased), and only one girl, Caroll of San Diego, 
California. They had 23 grand children and 22 great grand. 
Reuben was 90 on December 17, 1982. 

Chloe died in June of 1979. Reuben still active in ward and 
stake in Idaho Falls, in 1983. 

He was honor ed in 1 982 by the Bonneville Historical Society. 

By Cannon Anderson 




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MISCELLANEOUS OR OTHER VOCATIONS 



BILLIE AND JIMMIE MATTSON 

It is strange how we call certain parts of a town, East Side 
or West Side. When I think of the Mattsons I think of Ammon West 
Side, for there lived the Mattson, Jimmie was the first man I had 
ever seen with a wooden leg, I do not remember what happened to 
remove his own, but Jimmie was always so cheerful, one would 
never know of this if he did not limp a little. 

Billie, I think Jimmie was his son. Billie married Emma 
Harwood, Jimmie and Jennie were brother and sister. I could not 
find any history of the iMattsons, nor any relatives, so am trying 
to write what I remember of them. 

We, Campbell's lived just a block or so east in the old 
Zitting place, now owned by Levi Barzee. Many times I saw this 
courageous Jimmie walk to the Old Ammon Merc and back without 
even a cane. I have always admired him, and Dave Day also was 
crippled, and walked on crutches. As I walked to school these 
boys would some time be going that way too, possibly not to 
school for they were older than I. I shall never forget their 
cheerfulness, never was it a subject nor a regret. 

I knew Billie then also, but in 1918 he carried the mail 
from Ozone to Idaho Falls, and brought back the news of my new 
sister, who was born in Ammon December 31, 1918, as my mother 
went down to the Hiatt Maternity Home Christmas Eve and we were 
all so concerned about the new arrival, especially when it was a 
girl, Viola, my very first sister I had known, Lois was drowned 
in Sand Creek, before I was born. 

The next night was the New Year's dance in the Recreation 
hall at Ozone and there were many congratulations among my 
friends to know that I had nine brothers and now a sister at 
last. How thankful I was to Billie that blizzardy, vicious day 
to get the mail and message through. My father was down in the 
valley with mother, and my sister-in-laws, Ada and Melvina made a 
New Year's dinner for us kids, and had us all eat with them. 

by Miranda Stringham 

ADAMS 
There were some families of Adams lived on 17th Street close 
to Idaho Falls in the early times they may have been in Ammon 
District . 

••*•****•••*••••*•**• 

Jim Jorgenson and Andrew, his wife was a sister to Abe 
Day's wife. Some of their daughters married into the Hiatt 
family. His wife was Annie Bloxham. The Jorgensen ' s lived 
across the street from Jesse Porter in Ammon. He worked in a saw 
mill in the hills some of the time. Some of the children were: 
Luella, Eva and two others. The mill was some where in 
Trail-Holler Canyon. 

John Andrew was his brother, he lived out on Abe Day's ranch 
He had boys whose names were Harold, Clyde, Leo and Jesse. This 
family lives 2 miles south and one-half mile east of Ammon. 
Nolan Jorgenson went away and left a pen of rabbits they must 
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•••*••*••****•***** 

Some others who were in the census are: Darwin, Frank, Eldon & 
Mary Stewart, Perry Jewett, Howard Hale, Anna Schuback, 
Stevenson, Ida & Frederic Barnes, Greg Jacob Smith, Elmina Cox of 
Pocatello, and William Howard. 

(The compiler has not been able to find a lead on any of these) 

These also found in the 1900-1930 Census: 
Silah Shurtfliff son of Leeman A. Shurtliff and Mary 
Shurtliff. Children: Elvira, Charles, Thomas, Lydia, Thomas, 
Lovina, Gilbert and Ezra. 

*•••■***•••••••••*••** * * * * 

Robert B. Hammer and Sarah Children: Mary Jane, Leonard, 
Treassa, Arthur, Viola, and Bertha. 

Thomas A. Taylor 

•*••**••••*•****•***••** 

Steven Walker, son of Joseph and Betty Smith Walker, this Walker 
family was in Hog Holler, or Pleasant View. Children: June, 
Stephen, William, Richard, Parley W. and Delbert. 

T HE FOLLOWING FOUND IN THE 1900-1930 CENSUS OF AMMON WARD 

Jacob Riley who married Mary (no name) he was from Germany 
and she from Indiana. They were in Utah when their first child 
was two years old. Alfred another son came in 1900, he was 
three months old when they came to Idaho in 1900. 

• •*••••*••***•••***•*•••• 

There is a John Hardman (servant) born in 18 71 was 29. when 
he came to Ammon from Germany. 

John Kolet was from Austria when he was twenty-three a 
(servant) he was born in 1877 cannot find any of his people. 

Sage Heath born 1867, came from England was eleven years 
when he came to Ammon in 1930, a brother Adolph was eight years 
old, William K. another son was six years old and another Eugene 
boirn 1896 was four years old. The mother was not mentioned. 

Joseph Olson and wife Mary born 1896 born 1898, 1892 several 



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dates given. Joseph came from Sweden when a young man must have 
met Mary after that, for the census showed she was born in Utah, 
then came to Idaho at age of 30. Four children was born to them 
after arriving in Idaho: Census 1930: Joseph, born 1896 age 4 , 
Ole born 1897 age 2, Carl born 1898 age 1, and Emma born 1900 age 
12. There was not any evidence as to where they moved to. 

Suther Ward married Esther (no last name) 
Suther husband, born 1860, In Utah 40 years at time of census 
Esther mother, born 1863, in Utah 36 years at time of census 
George son, born in 1885 Idaho 14 year at time of census 
James son, born 1894 in Idaho 6 years at time of census 
Esther daughter, born 1890 in Idaho 9 years at time of census 
Ernest son, born 1894, in Idaho 6 years at time of census 
moved away, no record. 

A-*********************** 

Jonh Peterson father, born 1868 in Denmark 32 at time of census 

Johanna mother born 1869 in Utah 30 at time of census 

Axle son born 1895 in Utah 5 at time of census 

Oscar son born 1989 In Idaho 1 year at time of census 

John M. Stoddard and Leah Pickers lived in the west part of 
Ammon some of the relatives Amos v/as related to the Blatters. 

MELVIN STANFORD AND GOLDA REEDING ARMSTRONG 
Mel, as he was called, married Golda Reeding and moved to 
Ammon in 1920 's. They bought the Old Leonard Ball home and built 
a new brick house on it. 

Mel worked for the Beneficial Life Insurance for many years 
until his illness of Parkinson's Disease. The past years have 
been those of suffering. But this never seemed to quelch his 
cheerfulness. He was alway smiling and glad when company came to 
see him. In 1980 the Armstongs moved to Farmington, Utah. 
Melj and Golda had six children: Annettee (Lundquist) , 
Blair, Cheryl (Fogg), Beverly (Graham), Brent and Cathy 
(Callister). (These children and spouses and occupation are on 
page 185 . ) 

BERT AND lOLA SIMMONS EMPEY 

Bert was the son of Ephraim, also a good mixer and friend as 
was the entire family. Bert and Martin probably double dated for 
they married sisters. lola was a sister to Hallie, Martin's 
wife. Their homestead was also on the east slope of Peterson 
Hill and not very far from Hallie and Martin. They have attended 
many entertainments in the Ozone ward. Bert was a brother to 
Clarence and wa a saddler in the first War Bonnet Round-Ups held 
in Idaho Falls. 

The Empey boys were brothers to Ernest who was kidnapped and 



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helped in Ernest endeavors in Long Valley, where Ernest had a 
homestead. Children: Versacola, Opal, Clifton and Eva. 

Alva was another brother of Bert and Martin but did not live 
in Ammon. Children: Amba , Lois, Marcel 1 (none attended school in 
Ammon> ) 

IVAN STAUFFER 
Enda E. Edwards said she remembered an Ivan Stauffer in 
school, they had built the place where Willard Ball lives now. 

JOSEPH RHODES 
There was a Joe Rhodes, who was a cousin to Edna Empey, they 
lived just acreoss the street north of the Old Blacksmith Shop. 
Children ? 

JAMES HUMPHRIES 
Monroe Nance, wife Jennie was a Humphries, this man could 
possibly have been her father or brother. The Humphries lived in 
that vicinity. 

CARL AND CLAUDE STAPLES 
Carl Staples married Ruth Gardner and it is believed the 
Staples lived in the foot hills south of Ammon. 

ACE NELSON 
Not a man remember Ace (nick name) Nelson, but some 
remember a leather shop near the old Al Carter's blacksmith shop. 
Some remember where he lived in the house now occupied by Reuben 
Waters family. He was known about the village in 1933. No name 
of wife can be found, but there were two girls listed in the 
census: Ida and Flora Nelson 

BENEDICT GLANZMAN AND MARY 
Mary was born in Iowa in 1872 age 29 at time of census. 
Benedict was born 1839 in Switzerland was 61 at time of census. 
The children: 

Augusta born 1875 26 at time of census 
Elta born 1875 25 at time of ' census 
Henry born 1867 23 at time of census 
Otto born 1879 21 at time of census 
Ferdinand born 1880 20 at time of census b( 
William born 1880 20 at time of census born 
John born 1882 18 at time of census 
Minnie born 1883 16 at time of census 
Anothe family who has passed away or have not left any identity. 

HENRY SUMMERS AND CARRIE PHILLIPS 
The Summers built the brick house where Alfred and Ada 
Campbell lived for many years. Carrie lived with her people the 
Phillips, one mile east and one and one half miles north of 
Ammon. Their home was north of Ezra Williams ranch. After the 
children were in school, they moved to Ashton where he was 
employed. In later years they moved back to Idaho Falls, Henry 
died there, Carrie went to Utah and died while there. The 



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Summers had three children: Two girls, Mary and Edna and a son, 
Robert or (Bud) . 

by Grace Barr, a neice 

JOHN CHARLES AND SARAH JANE PHILLIPS 

John and Sarah came from England when he was 52 and Sarah 

38. They came to Utah and must have moved into Idaho to Ammon 

some time before the 1900 census. All we have is the census and 

words from those v/ho knew them. The children were: Mary Ann 

(deceased) at time of census. Elroth, Carrie (Summers), Ellen 

(John Zitting., ploygamist) , Vilate, Bertha (Wyoming), Lillie 

(Wyoming) , Charles (Wyoming) , Ettie (Wyoming) , Florence (married 

Barr when thirteen). Golden (Idaho), Rada (Idaho), Velma (Idaho), 

probably when they lived north of Ammon near the Ezra William's 

place, for the younger children attended school in Ammon. They 

moved to Hagerman Valley in about 1909. 

from census and neice- Grace Barr 

ALLEN PUGMIRE AND MINNIE WARD 

The Pugmires had homesteaded in Ozone and Minnie had died 
there. Al and the family were victims of the drought as many 
others, and later the passing of their mother, they moved to 
Ammon. 

Lucille, Stella and Clarence were born in the hills. 

The children are: Ella (Richards), Emma (Waters), Nora 
(Winters), Genevive (Winthers) , David died in 1932, so evidently 
never married, and Clarence (Mangum) . The children attended 
school in Ozone and Ammon. 

Allen was a day laborer died in 1943 and is buried in 

Ammon. 

RITTERS 

There was a family of Ritters lived on 17th Street just west 
of Roy Southwick old home, one mile north through the fields. 

The children: Katie, Laura, Florence, Harvey and Robert. 
Probably all or several attended school in Ammon for some years, 
haven't found any one relative who knows about them. Only that 
they were in the Ammon census. 

JOHN P. HARKNESS AND FAMILY 
The Harkness family were converts to the church from 
Georgia. They knew the Singley's. They lived in the north west 
part of Ammon and the children attended Ammon school. It was 
just the time the fire escape was put on the outside of the old 
red brick building, and all children were compelled to go down 
the chute in the fire drills. Dovy Harkness had her turn and 
refused to go because of the wind blowing her dress, which was a 
flare. The school officers and teachers picked her up and shoved 
her into the chute. She went down, as there was nothing else to 
do. She was a sweet modest southern girl. John was janitor of 
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JACOB AND MARY RICHARDS 

Cannot tell much only what is found m the census, the 
Richards came from Germany, in 1900, he was from Germany and she 
from Indiana. 

They came to Utah for the first child, Ernest, was born 
there in 1900. Another son, Alfred, was three months old when 
they came to Idaho in 1900. 

RICHARD ASHDOWN AND MARY ANN ' 
These must have been related to the Ellingfords and 
McCowins. There was a Perry Ashdown in Ammon in 1910-who stayed 
with the Ellingfords. 

ALVIN ISAACS AND FAMILY 
There was a family of Isaacs lived on Western Avenue for 
many years, he was a trucker, and brought delisious peaches from 
Santa Clara, in southern Utah. 

PRESTON DECK 

As there is no descendant to contact for the history of this 
man we only have the membership record that lists him as a 
member, and the memory of friends and neighbors. 

Preston, inherited 160 acres on the foothills, as he came 
from back east. He built a frame house and seemed quite well to 
do his knowledge of chickens was that they were to be kept warm. 
Preston let them roost in the house with him and eat from his 
pans if they desired. He sold his holdings to Ira Judy and went 
to Arizona to retire. Some body probably took his money - for he 
was found picking cotton to make a living. He died in Arizona. 

— -- — by Marvin J. Anders on 

EVELYN MOLEN ROB I SON TH ITRI-IAU 

My parents, Ernest and Susetta Ormond Molen, homesteaded at 
Last Chance, next to the homstead of my uncle's Ernest Ricks and 
John Molen and their families in the spring of 1911. 

Many memories linger, carefree barefoot days of childhood. 
The treks just over the hill a piece to grandma and grandpa 
Haines, where candy and cookies always waited for us. Horsehairs 
we carefuly put in the spring and returned each day to see if 
they had turned into snakes. Sunday school at uncle John's home, 
with classess in the bedroom. Later primary at Ozone. Fourth of 
July celebration at Barzee's, home made ice cream and picnicing 
with the family and friends. 

Our one room with the bare floor, and only bare necessities. 
Then father's heart attach and mother becoming the breadwinner 
for the family. Traveling from one end of the valley to the 
other, selling household products, with old Bird and old Steel 
hitched to the buggy. Going with mother and caring for the baby, 
who V7as less than a year old; while my sister Gwendolyn, who was 
ten, cared for father, who was bedfast and my younger sister, 
Vergia and brother Reed. We stayed where ever night over took 
us, if the people would feed our horses and give us a bed. 

Then as the leaves turned to gold, October 6, 1914; father 
left us. Our good neighbor Butler Wallace, prepaired his body 



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for burial, and we left the hills never to return. Uncle Ernest 
Ricks purchased the homestead from mother and we came to the 
valley to live, leaving a very vital part of our lives at Last 
Chance . 

The children: Evelyn, Gwendolyn, Vergia, Reed and Berneice 
all attended Ammon Schools. 

GLEN ERVIN SOUTHWICK AND JULIA ANNE HARRIS 

Glen was born March 2, 1937 in the Idaho Falls Hospital to 
his parents Glen and Gladys Porter Southwick. He was raised on 
the family farm north of Ammon on E. 17th Street until he was 
twenty years old. He attended Ammon grade school, Bonneville 
Junior high school, 9th grade at Ucon, and Bonneville High School 
at Ammon. Sounds round about but such was the arrangement at the 
time of school consolidation. He graduated in 1955. He attended 
Utah State University fro 1955-1960. In 1960 he was drafted into 
the U.S. Army. While in the army he spent 19 months in Germany. 

On January 27, 1964, he went to work for Phillips Petroleum 
Company at INEL (it was NRTS then). He met Julia Anne Harris 
while working at the site. They were married on July 3, 1964 in 
the Logan Temple. They lived at 1905 Curlew Drive in Ammon where 
they had four daughters, Julie, Lynda, Janet and Cindy. 

In August, 1977, Glen and Julia, started building a house 
next door to Glen's parents. Glen and Glady, on Ammon-Lincon 
Road. They built this house with a little help from Vard, Jack 
and Art Harris. Glen Sr. also spent many hours helping them. 
They moved into this house in August 1978. 

At the present time he is working at the INEL for Exxon as a 
Health Physics Shift Supervisor. 

submitted by Gladys Southwick 

JACK JONES AND AMANDA CERETTA SOUTHWICK 
Jack came to Idaho via Bear Lake, when a lad of 18, to lona, 
Idaho. He was called both Jack and John was born 1882 in Bear 
Lake County. Jack met his wife Ceretta soon after coming to the 
valley. She was born in Lehi, Utah in 1885 and also came to the 
Snake River Valley early. Ceretta and Jack were married in the 
Salt Lake Temple December 17, 1903. She had been educated in 
Ammon school and active in the LDS church all her life, serving 
in primary, relief society, MIA, and was a member of the 
Daughters of Utah Pioneers. 

Their children were: Mozell (Kenny) , Rula (Clark, Kennedy a 
Seattle salesman), Frank R., Alta (Hoffman), Lottie (Madon) , 
Rayola (Lundblade a farmer), and only son, Wayne who was killed 
in a mine accident in 1942. - 

The Jones had ten grand children and one great. Both are 
buried in the Ammon Cemetery. 

FRANK FEILD 

Frank is the son of JJ Feild, he married Serreta Empey, 
daughter of John. They live in the old home of Leonard Balls in 
Idaho Falls, the one next to the apartment house. 

Seretta and Frank were school day sweethearts, and were 
married and happy until five years ago when she passed away, 



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leaving Frank very lonely. 

Frank attended school under Lanny and Jesse Neilsen. He and 
some pals took the eighth grade two years and tried to have a 
ball by playing hooky, the principal offered them an ultimatim; 
"Either go to school or quit and get out" this is what they did. 

Frank filled a mission to Arkansas when he was nineteen, 
before his marriage. He remembers the old store on the street 
west of Maiben Jones in Ammon, and as Leo Neilsen operating it. 

Frank and Seretta had two boys and three girls: Grant, 
Lynn (deceased) , Maureen (Burgie) , Ruth (Verl Reed), Lois 
(Tenney) , she and husband on a mission to England. Max Tenney 
was a former bishop in Ammon. 

Frank will be ninety this year, his father lived to be 91. 
Frank formerly was the custodian for the Civic Auditorium in 
Idaho Falls. He lives alone in their big home in Idaho Falls, 
but some of the children are near him. 

JAMES, JOHN, AND ZETLAND MITCHELL 

James Mitchell with his son, John, and his son, Zetland, 
whose wife was Jane Shirts of Shelley, all came from Escalante to 
Ammon, Idaho because of the scarsity of jobs and the limited 
grazing for animals around Escalante. They drove to fine greener 
pastures and found them in the Snake River Valley, in 1903. 

Zetland settled in Shelley, and his brother, Johnny, settled 
in Ammon. Johnny met and married Laura Hiatt who had just moved 
to Ammon also. They built a little white house over on what was 
then the west side of Ammon, made their home there, and had 
children in school. Their children were: Wilford, Pearl, Maggie, 
and Johnny Jr. 

Mitchell's lived in Ammon many years and Johnny worked in 
the Lincoln Sugar Factory. Later he moved to Pocatello and worked 
for the railroad. They lived in Pocatello until their deaths. 

ISAAC DANIEL WINDER AND LOIS ANN GARDNER 

Isaac lived in Ammon and was buried there, the grand father 
of Frank who married Ella Croft and also lived in Ammon. The 
children of Isaac and Lois are: William Elias, Franklin D. , 
Natheniel, Ransom R. , Duy,Versie (Robison) , and Chloe (Anderson). 
All the children attended school in Ammon, then there were more 
children born. 

The Winders lived in Woodville, Verndale, Sevier, here Lois, 
Lillie, and Carl were born. They also lived in Basalt. They 
moved from Sevier to Glenwood in southern Utah. 

Isaac was born in 1865 and died in 1933. He was the father 
of Dan, Than, Frank, and Bill. Blaine who attended Ammon schools 
was the son of Nathaniel. Blaine was graduated from primary when 
Tillie Purcell was the president just after the big shcool burned 
down. Miranda Stringham was the guide teacher there. 

Blaine was killed in World War II. 

FRANK AND ELLA CROFTS WINDER 
Frank and Ella moved around some, so made many friends. 
They were in Basalt, then to southern Utah, Vernal and Sevier. 
Their children were: Chester, Deloy, Gerald and probably some 



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younger ones, Ella was a great genealogist, and did much work for 
other people as well as much of her own family. She and Frank 
were very active in the wards where they resided. She was active 
in RS and genealogy work, primary. They bought a home in the 
west part of Ammon, before the Hillview was organized. 

Verda, Ruby all lived in Ammon. Florence Ritter, married 
Bill Winder, and Laura Ritter married Guy Winder. Bill lives in 
Idaho Falls. All of these Winders and children attended Ammon 
schools . 

JAMES THOMAS SINGLEY 

(Ancestors) 

James's people came from Germany real early and were 
followers of Martin Luther's religion. They migrated from 
Germany to England and came to Georgia and lived on a Land Grant 
from the King of England. This was in ? 

John Lewis on the mother's side married Emily Cole in 1845. 
They had eleven children. James Jackson was my grandfather and 
married Amelia Preston, my grandmother from England. Their 
children were: Lewis, Leslie (Willard), James, Thomas, Hattie 
(Mays) , Ella (McClure) , Emma (Maddox) , Dora (Mayfield) about 
1860. 

When the Civil War was on, James Jackson enlisted at the age 
of 15. John Lewis was a yankee prisoner and left there in 1863. 
There were six younger brothers. 

James Jackson was short and stocky. James (Thomas) Singley, 
my father, was a hard worker and he had the respect of those he 
worked for. He attended the public schools, he liked to dance 
and had a horse and buggy to take his sweetheart in. Both of 
them, James and Amelia, were from the south.. 

James McClure was from Ireland and had many slaves and a 
large amount of property. 

In the fall of 1898 two missionaries came to Thomas and 
Laura (McClure). Singley's were not satisfied with the Methodist 
Church they were attending and tried to confound the Elders who 
v/ere invited to stay with them overnight. Both Thomas and his 
father were baptized just before Christmas 1899. The other 
members of the family waited until spring. All were converts to 
this new church, the LDS , Exey (Soelberg) , Ethel (Ball), William 
Carson, Hattie, Beulah (Anderson) , Lois (Tingey) , Betty (Tingey) , 
Fred, El izabeth (Ortin) , Berneice (Everett), Verona (Crosby) and 
Wil liam. 

In 1911 Thomas would read to the children and they sang 
songs together. They moved from Jackson, Georgia and worked the 
cotton fields in Buckannan. Thomas was superintendent of Sunday 
school in the little branch, and Exey was organist. All the 
others were active in the church there. Later Thomas was 
president of the little branch in Georgia. 

In 1915 the Singley family, (except the mother who was 
pregnant) moved to Ammon, Idaho. Here on the Ball ranch they 
worked for wages. The mother was pregnant and with the nine 
younger children remained to sell the place and livestock. They 
came on the train in 1916. It was December and the drifts were 
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After the arrival in Ammon, Thomas was Sunday school 
supertendent and the mother, Laura, was a teacher. 

Thomas was strict about late hours and had the children 
observe the 10 P.M. curfew. He also believed in rising early, 
and always had morning prayer. 

In 1934, after the Singley's had moved to a home of their 
own in the townsite, Laura took very ill, had a malignancy on her 
head. She was taken to Salt Lake, but to no avail. She died in 
1934. In 1948 Thomas died in September of a brain injury. Both 
are buried in the Ammon cemetery. 

The Singley family have all been an asset to the community. 

"I, Exey, married Earl Soelberg, who had filled a mission 
and who was a teacher at Ricks College. Earl and Exey were 
married Januray 31, 1918, and he was drafted the October before 
for World War I, but before they called his number, the Armistice 
was signed, November 11, 1918, and he was home to stay. I was 
pregnant and was so glad that he did not have to go. 

We bought a little brown bungalow home near the Clarence 
Charles home on E. 17th Street and we lived there very happy. 

One morning as I was bathing our first son, Cornelius, I 
found a red spot on his cheek. I put him ino his crib and called 
Dr. Blood, a baby specialist. The doctor pronounced it 
Ericypiles, and wrapped him in guaze. It was all over his little 
body. 

Earl administered to him and he came home a well boy. We 
know it was through our constant prayer. 

In 1918 the influenza was rampant all over the country. The 
Nation was declared a disaster epidemic, but not one of our 
family was affected. 

Another thing that was miraculous, was when we were still in 
Georgia and Carson was plowing. One of the hov^«5 had a bee sting 
on his nose and was rubbing it against a bee hive. The hive 
tipped over. Mother ran out to help and was stung all over. She 
swelled up and looked terrible. The Elders administered to her 
and she recovered and prepared supper for them. 

^"After I had been confined one time I felt like I was sinking 
into the Devil's Set. My hired girl told the children and they 
cried. She called Earl from Ricks College where he was teaching. 
He brought the Patriarch Hansen and they came home and 
administered to me. They rebuked the Angel of Death and Satan. 
I was revived and recovered." 

by Exey Soelberg 

Fred and Lottie Singley served a mission at Joseph Smith's 
home in the east. They served there two five year terms. Ered 
was mission president. 

There has been twelve great grandsons of Thomas Singley who 
have filled missions. The girls have all held responsible 
positions in the church. Children of Earl and Exey Soelberg: 
Cornell, Winston, Dean, Eileen (McKinney) , Renee (Page), Betty 
(Larsen) , Bryce and Marilyn (Morris) . 

ARNOLD WADSWORTH by Vaughn Wadsworth 
He came to Ammon about 19 , bought the big reck house 
where Joe Anderson lived. He raised his family partly in Ammon 



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and partly in Montana where he moved to in 1922. He returned to 

Ammon in 1942 and operated the same farm, near where Vaughn today 
has his repair shop. 

Vaughn is Arnold's son. Both Wallace and Arvall were 
farmers from Hopper, Utah. Vaughn said, "I grew up in Ammon and 
in the big rock house on Sand Creek." 

Aronold is in a rest home, 1979. 

WALLACE WADSWORTH (cousin to Arnold) 

Wallace married Elsie Fowers of Hooper, Utah. They left 
their home town where both were raised and moved to Ammon in 
1920. At first they bought some land on 1st Street, then he sold 
it and bought the place Defingers farmed later by Sadie Olsen's 
near Big Sand Creek, on 17th Street. He operated Sadie's place 
for a time, later moved one mile from an Anderson widow from 
Idaho Flls, near Jordon' and Bergie's. 

Wallace served as 1st councelor to Lyle Anderson from 
1929-1935, 6 years. LaVar Gardner, the 2nd counselor, Leonard 
Ball was stake president of Idaho Falls Stake. Wallace was first 
counselor in the geneology n 1936, village board in 1940, 
chairman of the board 1940 to 1951. The same time he was in the 
Bishopric, between 1929-1935 he served on the shcool board. 

Most of the Wadsworth came through Obediah line who settled 
at Taylor real early. They also are on the same line as Henry 
Wadsworth Longfellow. 

Obidiah heard the gospel in Maine, where he was converted 
and baptized in 1840 at age of 14. He knew the Prophet Joseph 
Smith as Obidiah was a blacksmith, a carpenter and ship builder. 
He and two of his brothers built a 58 ton ship. It took five 
days to move it to the wate/'4 1/2 miles away. It took 200 oxen 
to pull it to the ocean in Maine. 

Wallace and Elsie built a beautiful little home on Sunnyside 
Road in Ammon. He worked for Scowcroft and Sons for many years 
in Idaho Falls. He was also Weed Supervisor of Bonneville County 
until 1966. He served several terms on the school board. 
Wallace and Elsie had three childrenn: Park G. , married Marjorie 
Crofts; Keith, very active in school; Paul died in 1933 while in 
Ammon, killed by a run-away horse. 

Wallace died in 1972, Elsie died in 1951. Both are buried 
in Ammon Cemetery. 

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PLAN AND MINA BREEDING 
The Breeding's bought Grandma Barzee's house in Ammon when 
sold out their holdings in Birch Creek Basin, where Olan had 
hased his mother's homestead, in 1925. Later they had 
hased the Ferguson homestead, so the Breedings had cash to 
d a new brick house where they moved to in Ammon. They lived 
the west end of Owen Street on west side of road, running 
h and south, across from Azariah Williams. 

Olan died in 1961 at Ammon. Mina lived and became a 
stian Science Teacher before her death in 1974 in Ammon. 



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WILFORD AND AFTON HQKANSON 

Afton moved from Birch Creek Basin to Ammon with her folks 
in 1930. The children were put in high school, Afton, Hugh, 
Nellie, Opal and Delbert. The Mountain Schools were not held for 
the upper grades, however,. Rock Creek School House was used many 
years after it was moved frm Rock Creek to Birch Creek below the 
Meyers, but only for the younger grades. Finally all ten of the 
Mountain Schools were disolved that had been active and going in 
1920, by 1935 they were gone, from Gray's Lake to Tr'pperary, 
(Henry Canyon) . 

Afton attended school (HS) in Ammon (1930-1931) . After she 
and Wilford were married, in 1935, they rented a basement house 
from Stringham's, for several years and finally purchased the 
acre of pasture and house in about 1938. Their first and last 
babies were born in Ammon. They built on top of the basement in 
1941 (worked for Utah and Idaho Sugar 1944-1948) . 

In 1949 they moved to Battle Ground, Washington. Their son, 
Devon, makes violins, probably acquired. the talent form great 
grand father Reuben Barzee, who also made violins. 

Wilford and Aftons family were all married and played or 
sang. Hokansons also farmed in Pingree, Idaho seven years on 160 
years . 

The children are: Darin, Lenaia (Lords), Devon (makes 
violins) , Rhona (Legg) , Vione (Graham) , Yohlon (Cooper) , Clint, 
and Erol. The whole family were very musically inclined. 

In 1983, the Wilford Hokansons were living in Toquerville, 
Utah, where Wilford was busy gathering and shelling delicious 
pecan nuts which were so abundant along their canyon. 

Afton was busy making beautiful quilts for her family and 
the Relief Society. 

They purchased a comfortable cottage and are remodeling it 
into more spacious rooms. It is a beautiful place to retire. 

A fifteen minute assignment to Afton Barzee in Ammon HS in 1930: 

RAIN 

There is something soothing, fulfilling about the sound of 
rain on the roof. Inside the house one feels protected, 
insulated from the elements. Yet, outside with face up to the 
rain, also comes the united feeling of being one with nature. 

The thunder and lightning that accompanies moisture falling 
from the clouds always is a joy to me. Especially so when I 
become old enough to read about, and understand, what caused the 
display of the elements. 

One year during the depression years, my husband left us, 
four small children and myself at home, to go away and make wages 
for our sustenance. We had recently moved into a small basement 
house, which unfortunately had a flat roof. Rain and snow was 
retained on the roof and eventually drips from the ceiling of our 
living quarters, saturating all in its path, despite pans, 
buckets, placed at strategic points to catch the flow. 

When the storm clouds would begin to gather my heart would 
grow heavier and heavier, in anticipation of what was to follow. 

After we built above on the house, this Trouble ceased, but 
it took some time for me to overcome that dark dread of 
inevitable rain. 

by Afton Hokanson 

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NATHAN WINDER 

Nathan was the son of Daniel Hyrum Winder. He was born in 
Venice, Utah in 1896. Daniels father was Isaac Daniels and Lois 
Ann Gardner. The family came to Idaho in 1901 settled in 
Garfield, just north of Rigby, was married to Versa Bates. They 
moved to Parma, Idaho then to Idaho Falls, where they operated a 
motel, also one in Yellowstone in the summer. 

After Dan died, the family moved to Ashton. He died in . 

They lived in Ammon in 1935-36, probably longer. The children 
were: Vera, Gilbert, Vernal, and three daughters by a previous 
marriage - Gloria, Adelia, Jesse and Lillian. 

There were several Winders lived in Ammon at different 
times . 

FRANK D. WINDER 

Frank married Ella Croft of Shelley and Basalt. They later 
moved to Ammon, where their last two children were born. They 
were in Ammon in 1936, moved away later. 

Other families lost address of. 

JOSIAH A. RICHARDSON 

This family was in Ammon in 1899. Josiah was born in 
Harrisville, Utah in 1863. He married Ruth E. Williams. 

Not much can be found of their history, except that they 
were in Ammon in 1901. 

The family have a picture of the Richardson homestead, which 
portrays the foothills east of Ammon. Annie Richardson also 
tells of this home in her history. 

Josiah must have had two wives, he married Sarah M. Knight 
in Salt Lake City in 1862. Her name was found in Ammon record as 
being Relief Society president in Ammon in 1901. 

The oldest son married Angelina King. 

Melvin Richardson was mayor of Ammon in 1965, cannot trace 
relationship, as yet. 

FILLERUPS 

Lulu was a widow with six or seven children: Lulu, Elnas, 
Rastus (who had a glass eye) , Thelta, a girl friend of Adolf 
Holm, then Gweneivere. The family were having a struggle to 
keep all in school and going. 

A beautiful instance of love was shown by Otto Holm. He 
furnished the family with a fresh milk cow, when one would dry 
up. Adolf said it was his duty to change the cows, probably 
like that so he could see Thelta. 

The family lived in the northwest part of the town of Old 
Ammon, where Zittings used to live. The children attended shcool 

for a time. 

Rastus was a husky, happy, over weight, always smiling and 

having fun. 

JOHN GOETLIB ROSEN 
John was from Germany, he married Agnes Marie Diernfelt from 
Switzerland. They lived in Bear Lake after they immigrated to 



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America. However, they did not join the Mormon church so had no 
social affiliations. 

Agnes had two boys by a previous marriage. These boys 
stayed in Bear Lake. John Jr. dropped dead while he was in his 
field plowing. 

Both Johh and Agnes were hard workers. Agnes and boys all 
died before they came to Ammon. Henry was the child first by 
this union I suppose, anyway he was three years old when they 
came to Ammon, John had married a Mathilda, so she was about the 
only mother Henry knew. 

The Rosens lived in a brown frame house on Sunnyside Road in 
Ammon, where the Pickets now reside. Stoddards and Sells had 
lived there before them. 

John Rosen took care of the Horse Pond or Stray Pen what 
ever name. It was mainly horses he cared for. 

Have no date of his death or burial, it must have been m 
the Ammon cemetery. 

WILLIAM MOYER GROW 

William came from Philadelpha, Pennsylvania. He married 
Esther Hunt Coffin from Richmond, Indiana. They came to 
Huntville, Utah in 1866. 

William assisted in making the first brick in Boise Valley, 
as he had drifted to Snake River Valley later to Boise, he made a 
squatters right at Gray's Lake. It was probably jumped anyway, 
he walked from Idaho Falls to Ogden when he was 85. He had been 
around and through Ammon many times. 

In 1890, he bought a relinquishment for $350.00. He farmed 
and raised cattle. In 1918, he sold his farm and moved to Idaho 
Falls, from here to Ogden where with others he climbed Mount Ben 
Lomond. He was four and a half hours getting to the top. 

HORACE ISAAC GROW 

Horace Grow, the son of William and Esther, was born in 
Huntsville, Utah in 1877. Most of his school was there or in 
Perry, Utah. The family lived for some time in Marsh Valley. 
The flies were so bad there they moved to Eagle Rock, (Idaho 
Falls). They were charged SI. 50 to cross Anderson's toll bridge. 
They found work making tiles for the railroad. 

In 1886, they went to Cardston, Canada, but decided it was 
not for a permanent home. 

In 1890 they moved to Ammon on a farm near Otto Holm, one 
mile south and 1 1/2 miles east of John Empey ' s corner. 

Horace was called on a mission to Texas. Probably fulled it. 
At a dance at lona he met Rosella Rounds, they had a six months 
courtship and were married March 7, 1900. The first year they 
lived in a large tent, then a log house was built. The Grows knew 
what poverty was, for 48 years it was with them. 

Horace was called to be presiding elder over Pleasant View 
(Hog Holler) east of Ammon. It was a little settlement on the 
hillside. This was ab. .out 1915-18. Horace bought forty acres of 
school ground. He sold this to Preston Deck later, and bought a 
red brick home in Ammon townsite, just arms length from the Old 
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today. 

Grows bought more land east of the cemetery, and built a house 
there, they were there just one year and moved to Robert, Idaho. 
The Roberts Ward was organized November 21, 1920, and Horace was 
in as it's first bishop. He remained bishop until 1928, when 
Paul Holm succeeded him. 

The Grows moved to Twin Falls, where Horace died August 5, 
1960, almost 88 years old. Horace predicted to Roberts , "Some day 
you will see a Stake here." They have it. The Grows had ten 
children: Wesley, Rosella (Adams), Amelia (Stallings), William, 
Thelma (Taylor), David, George, Charles, Victor and LouDean 
(Boyce) . 

by Amelia Grow 

HENRY GROW 
THE BUILDER OF THE TABERNACLE ROOF 

Although this man never lived in Ammon, his grandsons did 
and the great thing he accomplished is really worthy of mention. 
He built the impossible 

Henry Grow the pioneer builder grandfather of Horace, he 
came to Salt Lake and was with Brigham Young in 1863. The 
Tabernacle was the work of many architects. Henry Grow was a 
bridge builder from Pennsylvanis , and conceived the idea from 
arched bridges of constructing the roof without inteior supports. 

Today the tabernacle is rated as one of the wonders of the 
west, but the architect, Henry Grow, made the most acute 
acostics . 

Henry paced the floor to figure out the roof. His son. 
Otto, said, "Father worried very much to conceive the plan." 

He had intricate ideas of bridges of Remington patent, with 
permission. These were used on the Tabernacle. 

Fourty-four large pillars, huge timber arches, were put 
across to form a skeleton. Nails were scarce, so timbers had to 
be fashioned with leather thongs, and wooden pegs. The 
Tabernacle was 250 feet long, 150 feet wide, and 80 feet high. 

The great opening was in 1867, but the gallery was opened in 
1870. 

Builder Grow became a LDS convert in 1842, he went to Nauvoo 
in 1843 and did the first building on the Nauvoo Temple. 

He settled in North Ogden and was called in 1852 by Brigham 
Young, to help with bridges, and mills. Later in 1863 did the 
Tabernacle . 

In 1853 he supervised the first Suspension Bridge over the 

Weber River. 

In 1854 he supervised the Sugar Mills in Big Cotton Wood 

Canyon. 

For several years he worked in Salt Lake and on a papermill, 
the last one in Big Cottonwood Canyon, The Deseret Company, in 

1883. 

Henry was a prolific builder, and left a great legacy. 

'THE TABERNACLE' . 

by Dan Valentine 



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GEORGE BROWN BAILEY AND JESSE HENRY BAILEY 

George married Elsie Marie Jensen Christensen, February 8, 
1868. They came from Denmark to Salt Lake City on the ship 
KENWORTH, May 1866. 

They crossed the plain (no name) with a hand cart when Elsie 
was 16 years old. She left the train one day and went to sleep 
under a sage brush. The company never missed her for sometime, 
they returned to find her exi^<cting her to be killed by Indians, 
but found her asleep peacefully. 

After arriving in Salt Lake City, the family lived in the 
Brigham Young home for a time. George, the father, was a bee man 
and could help in that work. 

The children were: Mary Ann, Edward, James, Heber, Elsie, 
William, Jesse, Henry, John and Earl. 

Jesse met a beautiful black eyed girl in Ammon, named Mercy 
Maranda Campbell, age 16. They were married when she was only 
seventeen, February 12, 1907 at Ucon, Bonneville County. Later 
they went to the Salt Lake temple and were sealed in the temple. 

Grandpa George was bit by a mad dog and died in November 
1905, buried in Ammon. Elsie, his widow, married again to Frank 
DeLong. 

Jesse and Mercy came to Ammon about 1912 and worked for Abe 
Day, for several years. This farm was near John Empey ' s place, 
just 1/2 mile west. Later the Bailey's bought a lot in Ammon 
townsite and built a comfortable frame house. Here their family 
of thirteen were raised. The children are: Thelma, Thula, 
Theodore, Thora, Harvey, Marjorie, Eva, Orval, Vivian, Orland, 
Francis, Andrew and a still born. The first four children's 
names began with TH Mercy, the mother, would go to the door and 
go through them and say "Thelma, Thula, Theodore, Thora come to 
supper." She was a kind, loving mother and an immaculate 
housekeeper and wife. 

Jesse Bailey farmed and had livestock all his life. The 
family homesteaded on Dan Creek in the mountains above Dehlin 
across the Willow Creek and many miles on the east side. Mercy 
and the children stayed up there in the summers, while the men 
worked in the valley to get. cash to finance and build on the 
homestead. It was a state requirement that a family spend seven 
months of the year and have so many dollars of improvements on 
the place, to prove up on their claims. 

A brother-in-law and several relatives lived close, Leo 
Neilsen, Jesse Neilsen, the Wolds, and many others so life was 
not so lonely as would be imaginec/. Jesse and Leo, brothers, had 
sheep together, Jesse worked much with them while his brother 
would furnish supplies from his store in Ammon. 

All spent their winters in Ammon, where they had lovely 
homes . 

Jesse died January 1, 1961 at Ammon, Mercy died October 1964 
in Idaho Falls Hospital. Both are buried in Ammon cemetery. 

Mercy was the third child in a family of six, her father 
Warren Campbell, and her mother Elizabeth Pugmire all from 
Bloomington, Idaho. This family spent many years in Tacoma, 
Washington. 

Mercy had many half-brothers and sisters as her mother was 
married several times. 



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CLARENCE CARTER7 

Ruth and Clarence Carter came to Ammon v/hen their first 
child/ Leota, was about two years old. Clarence had been working 
in the mines in Eureka, Utah for several years. 

When they arrived in Ammon they lived with a relative. 

Ruth had magical ways of charming warts, this she did with a 
piece of bacon for one child at least, Miranda Campbell. She 
v;ould rub the warts with the bacon, then bury it, after she 
recited a lingo, when the bacon decayed the warts would leave the 
hands. Strangely enough, after two years there was no more warts 
left, quotes Miranda. Don't know whether the bacon decayed or 
not, the Carter's had moved away. 

But what a happy av/akening when one morning Miranda 
awakening found the vv/arts gone. Several other children say the 
same thing. 

Ruth did much work in Relief Society, she was a kind warm 
person. 

Clarence was a wage earner and was away from home many days. 

In 1927 the family moved to Shelley. 

The children are: Marie, a cashier, Noah, a tile worker for 
the Union Pacific, Vera whose husband was a trucker married 
George Helm, west of Firth, Leota, worked for RT French for 
fifteen years married Carl Steele, he was killed by a train, she 
married Lloyd Beesley, former husband of Hortense White, Hope, 
was a beautician. Gene, worked on construction, and Haldeen was a 
welder. All were raised around Shelley. 

BERT CARTER 

Bert was raised in Ammon and lived there many years. He 
married a daughter of Alfred Empey and Kathy Empey. They had a 
son named Earl . 

Bert was around rodeos and round-ups, as he was a good man 
v/ith horses, and v/orked for the first War Bonnet Round-Up over in 
Idaho Falls, held in Old Reno Park and Fair Grounds. 

Bert and Tom Shurtliff had a demonstration with saddle 
horses in front of the grand stand and there was thousands of 
spectators. Both men loved horses. 

Bert took up a homestead on the east slope of Peterson Hill, 
their house was in a little dell and could be seen from the main 
road at a certain place. Today big deisels have pulled out all 
the trees, and removed all signs of buildings. One can see miles 
of hills without any trees, the coves have been filled and 
farmed. 

JAMES CHRISTIAN SOELBERG 

James was the son of James Soelberg and "Maria Jensen 
Soelberg, they were born in Aalborg, Denmark in 1878. 

His father died when he was a small boy, his father was a 
cobbler, so he and his mother were compelled to go to work very 
early in his life. He helped his mother take care of a large 
family of two boys, and two girls: James, William, Pauline and 

James was a studious boy and when he was given literature 
by two missionaries he read it and re-read it. The contents when 
he read it revealed to him the truth. He was later baptized into 
the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, much to the 

255 



consternation of his mother. Later she too was baptized, along 
with her son, William and daughter, Alvilda. 

James was anxious and finally came to Mantua, Utah when he 
was 19 years old. It was here that he met Helena Anderson, 
daughter of Thomas and Sidse Anderson. After a short courtship 
they were married, in 1891, in the Logan temple and came to 
Mantua, Utah to live, until 1905. 

Mrs. Soelberg had three brothers Christian, Charley, and 
Joseph Anderson who lived in Ammon, Idaho. They persuaded their 
sister and brother-in-law to come to Ammon, that they considered 
the best place in the Snake River Valley. 

The Soelberg 's had ten children, six of whom were born in 
Utah, four after they were settled in Ammon. There were five 
boys and five girls: Earl Edwin, Lloyd Ernest, Renaldo, Zenobia, 
(Fife) , Ethel (Feilding) , Ruth (Machen) , Ida (Anderson) , Grace 
(Smith) . 

Mr. Soelberg was a cobbler by trade while in Denmark. He 
worked wherever he could find v/ork after he came to America. 

He herded sheep for a number of years in Utah, but after 
coming to Idaho he bought a farm in the north part of the 
townsite which is known now as HillvieWc Later he bought a home 
in the town, on which a big rock house was built, and still 
stands . 

Mr. Soelberg was a nard working man and taught his family to 
work. As the boys grew up they thought they could do better in 
other fields than farming, so were in other occupations. Out of 
the ten children, nine were teachers and one a lawyer, four of 
the boys filled missions, for the church and each child was 
married in the temple and have nice families. All were active in 
the church and communities, where they reside. Most of them 
moved away from Ammon. 

Both parents, James and Helen were' killed in a car accident 
in 1948, one son was killed in the same accident, all others who 
passed on have had extended illnesses. 

This couple have a large posterity many of whom still live 
in Utah and Idaho. 



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li^DEX 



A 
Albot 139 
Albaugh 174 

Adams 106. 135. 239. 146 
AEC 110 
Air Force 225 
Allen 77.135 
Alvers 188 

Ammon 1. 2. 5. 15. 18. 22. 26. 
31. 39. 40. 49. 50. 51. 101. 142. 
144. 145. 148. 167. 169. 171. 179. 
180. 181. 187. 199. 220. 147. 191. 
224. 

Anderson 2. 1. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 
27. 62. 64. 75. 101. 103. 105. 113. 

122. 169. 28. 33. 34. 108. 109. 110. 

123. 126. 141. 159. 160. 162. 167. 
171. 175. 178. 180. 190. 199. 222. 
235. 237 

Andrus 187. 54. 225. 108. 119. 188 

Annabel le 225 

Arlsonsas 246 

Armstrong 185. 211 

Arnold 80 

Arrington 133 

Arrgonne 141. 145 

Arizona 175 224 

Ashdown 134. 147. 244 

Austria 172 

Azer 142 



Baliff 11 J 105 

Bailey 45. 11. 99. 114. 235. 162. 

22. 254 

Ball 7. 9. 18. 24. 30. 31. 46. 11 . 

102. 112. 116. 121. 149. 178. 174. 

154. 180. 188. 183 

Barr 173. 74. 81. 105 

Badger Creek 41 

Baker 195 

Barzee 59. 66. 136 

Barrett 213 

Barttlet 219 ^ ^^ ^ 

Barrus 11 . 94. 95. 96. 1 

Bateman 225 

Basalt P.O. 189 

Beauty Shop 198 

Bell 215 

Beins 200 

Berg 143. 64 

Beck 136. 196 

Bernie 144. 82. 83 

Beasley 70 

Bishop 62 

Bingham 71. 11 



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Birch Creek 177 
Bird 85. 159. 165 
Black 67. 169 
Black Butte 197 
Blackfoot 189 
Blatter 3. 34. 35. 36. 
51. 105. 113. 114. 115. 

V^ 

Blood 182 " 

Blue Dome 201 

Bloxham 57. 239 

Bohm 1/7 

Bodily 165 

Bonneville 187. 104. 237 

Bone 222. 144 

Bromley 11 

Brown 189. 11. 51. 98 

Brush Creek 177 

Brando 1 Market 170 

Brigg 108 

Brigham City 7. 132. 191. 

71. 11. 

Burgles 233. 139 

Burgus 25 

Buck 27 

Bunnell 200 

Burtenshaw 202 

Burke 51 

Butler 149. 177. 188 

BY'J 189 

C 
California 192. 225 
Campbell 7. 12. 20. 39. 
42. 43. 46. 48. 80. 78. 
58. 72. 144. 149. 17b. 
180. 191. 200. 231 
Carter 15. 166. 178. 18C. 
255. 194. 21. 40. 45. 51. 
70. 226. 189. 190 
Carolina 181 
Carlson 149 
Casper 71. 132 
Calloway 108 
Carver 114 
Carling 116. 213 
Canals 121 
Carthage 142 
Callister 185 
Callis 220 
Carson 220 
Cedar Point 126 
Cedarlund 27 
Cemeteries 207. 208. 

209 



Census 240. 242 

Chesbro's 79 

Choralers 109 

Civil War 181 

Chishoim 99 

Christensen 15. 17. 51. 

54. 64. 100. 105. 131. 199. 

187 

Ciegg 139 

Clark 25. 21. 27. 32. 46. SO. 

105. 117. 128. 164. 178. 180 

Clapp 34. 178 

Cleveland 27. 149 

Clements 193. 139. 128. 66 

Coffin 50. 63 

Cook 11. 118. 138. 174. 

51. 136 

Cotton 180 161 

Cox 70 

Copes 13 

Corhard 22 

Coltman 29 

Connor 135. 170. 171. 199 

Coo ley 113 

Connell 122. 126. 162 

Cratchfield 65 

Crawford 5 

Croft 86 

Crook 115 

Crosby 182 

Crow 126. 171. 151. 128. 

133. 162 

Crowley 195. 22. 123. 176 

Curtis 27. 52. 45. 69. 200 

D 
Dabell 164 
Dairy 22. 223. 226 
Dahlstrofii 122 
Danes 179 
Dan Creek 235 
Daniels 167 
Darby 104 

Daughters of Utah Pioneer 
(Edaho Camp) 187 
David 27 

Davis (Govenor) 192 
Dayley 179 

Days 17. 57. 63. 72. 175 
Daw 135. 89 
Dawson 51 
Dean 46. 171 
Dech 176 
Deffinger 225 
Dehlin 107. 171. 194 
DefTiPsey 108 

Dewey 173. 189. 215. 225 
Doctors 229 

Downey 177^^ r 

Dunn 51. 180 ^ 



Eagle Rock 23. 123. 130 

Eastman 112 

Eaton 218 

Edna 142 

Edwards 4. 9. 50 

Edgley 81 

Elephants 134 

Eleat 62 

Elkington 66. 14. 177 

Elder 74 

Elkington 66. 114. 177 

Elliott 86 

Empey 34. 15. 17. 18. 19. 21. 38. 

40. 49. 50. 57. 75. 106. 113. 121. 

122. 126. 132. 133. 135. 141. 168. 

172. 169. 217. 191. 222 

Erv in 142 

Erickson 125 

Erupp 35 

Esticks 130 

Escalante 40. 161 

Eugene 143 

Evans 86 Everett 122. 139. 225 



Fairchild 104 
Fairfield 224. 195. 



:14. 29. 14 



Farwnsworth 24. 150. 168. 169 

Far West 180 

Faust 175 

Feilding Memorial 225. 

Fielding 152. 224 

Field 138. 165. 245 

Fife 107. 114. 126. 217 

Fillerup 251 

Fire 76 

Fisher 62 

Fogg 185 

Ford 171. 104 

Fosbinder 222 

Forbush 122 

Fowler 162 

Fox 89. 224 

Franklin 188 

Fralich 74 

Freeman 44 

Frew 26 

Furniss 193 

G 
Gale 10 

Galbraith 33. 189. 108. 162 
Gates 65. 134. 136. 162. 171. 35 
Gardner 46. 122. 168. 99. 105. 113 
126. 133. 128. 139 
Garccher 21 
Glanzman 215 



!5S 



uoren 70. 225. 253 
Goshen 217 
Goulding 185 
Goodson 199. 224 
Grant 3. 30. 120 
Grange 215 
Grand 222. 158. 169 
Graham 51. 185 
Grays Lake 177 
Griffin 149 
Grimett 72 

Great Feeder 123. 124. 
Gunnison 70 
Gustofson 225 
Grover 126 
Grow 10. 12. 18. 29 
Groberg 7. 226 



132 



H 
Hackman 153. 215 
Haddock 105 
Hall 124. 125. 
Halley 19 
Hailing 213 
Hanks 162. 222 
Hanney 226 
Hansen 24. 65. 
114. 126. 128. 
Hanson 163. 164 
Hammer 12. 40. 163. 



199 



11. 95. 105. 
145. 163 



!21. 136. 227 



175. 219. 220. 



188 



97. 98. 116. 



224 



180 



Hammon 136. 176. 

Hatch 51. 133 

Harkness 170. 243 

Haroldsen 129 

Harris 65. 96. 

216. 243 

Hart 51. 64 

Haynes 45 

Hawaii 189 

Heaps 164 

Heath 121. 122. 123. 126. 127 

Heaton 200 

Helmandallar 

Heilson 46 

Henderson 185. 

Henry's Canyon 

Hess 136 

High 179. 

Hillman 43. 44 

Hill 118 

Higgins 101 

Hill Cumorah 111 

Holmquist 171 ^, ^^^ 

Holm 26. 29. 37. 51. 54. 108. 

114. 129. 131. 142 

Hoffman 51 

Hoff 175. 226 



199. 



122 
222. 



172 



Hodgson 74 

Hooper 227 

Holland 217 

Hog Holler 162 

Hokanson 44. 66. 146. 250 

Hope 174. 

Howard 15. 185. 225 

Hornets 104 

Horton 13. 149 

Horiton 149 

Homers 13^ 

Huntsville 179 

Hunt 107 

Hurst 74 

Hyrum 179 



132. 

169. 



125. 



259. 



I 
Idaho Canal 125. 132. 125 
Idaho Falls 1^45. 
195. 216 
Idaho 181. 183 
lona 3. 10. 18. 
172. 177. 189 
Iowa 194 
Illinois 194 
Irvin. Price 14 
Isaacs 244 

J 
Jackson Hole 172. 181 
Jacobsen 128 
Jameson 64. 6^ 
Jameston 179 
Jammies 203 

Jeppson 15. 33. 128. 161. 
185. 64. 87 
Jenkins 178 
Jeannie Borg 142 
Johnson 65. 108. 291 
John 126 

Jones 17. 41. 42. 59. 62. 
63. 66. 101. 105. 139. 
144. 158^ 191 
Jordan 1/5 
Jorgenson 239 
Joseph Ut. 196 . 
Judys 3. 45. 46. 49. 58. 
60. 61. 113. 114. 145. 
176. 188. 191. 199. 202 

K 
Kanab 191 
Kanosh 195 
Keifer 22. 45. 126 
Kelleys 22. 39. 124. 165 
Kitner 222 
Kennedy 37. 60 
Kendall 17 



Kendricks 67 

Keplinger 17 

Krebs 81 

Kerr 188 _ ^,^ 

Kingston 21. 51. 67. 148 

Kimball 89 

Kruse 216 

Kunz 189 

L 
Lacy 70 

LaHarve. France 141 
Landon 167 
Larson 74. 96 
Lava Creek 194 
Lava Beds 220 
Lee 15. 37. 41. 70. 75. 
11, 87. 120. 127. 179. 
130. 138. 190. 213. 164 
Lehi 17 

Legislature 192. 193 
Lewis 15. 181 
Lewis ton 216 
Lindsay 22. 178 
Lilyenquist 106 
Lincoln 131 

Lincoln Factory 199> 218. 
131 

Logan 90. 143. 183 
Longhurst 123 
Lords 37. 71. 106. 133. 
135 

Losser 138 
Lost River 132 
Lucibergs 132 
Lungren 46 
Luther 181 . 
Lundquist 185 
Luke 107 
Lye 74 

Pi 
MacDouald 53. 114. 138. 
227 

Maddox 81 

Radsen 44 HiVlst^ 
Mage 1 by 11, 107 
Maine 194 
Marshall 174 
Matthew 175 
Marriott 172 

Martin bros. 86. 151. 173. 
215. 146 
Mattson 239 
Mayo 181 
Mayfield 181 
Mayan 20. 21 



McClure 181 

Mclntire 169 

McGill 108 

McKay 10. 180 

McCowin 31. 38. 39. 70 

Meppen 176 

Methodist 182 

Melville 185 

Mickelsen 11 , 179 

Midwives 229 

Mid-land Elevator 201 

Mitchell 40. 46. 50. 72. 224. 

246 

Milton 63 

Milk 65. 171 

Miller 130. 147. 216 

Milbor 142 

Miskin 188 

Mission 200 

Montgomery Ward 235 

Montague 45 

Moore 63. 163 

Montana 176 

Molen 244. 20. 25. 39. 50. 52. 

51. 160. 161. 158 

Monson 199 

Monument (DUP) 188 

Morse 105 

Morris 161 

Mosen 199 

Moscow 170 

Muller 171 

Mud Lake 173 

Mullinkin 105 

Murdock 63 

Mullener 27. 123 

N 
Nance 176 
Nebel 162 
Neild 226 

Nelson 146. 19. 105. 124. 171 
Nephi 104 

Neilson 21. 39. 40. 51. 229. 
192 

Nielsen 54. 79. 101. 110. 141. 
142. 28. 136. 138. 163. 166. 
167. 180. 183. 190. 202. 217 
Nixons 156 
Noon Creek 137. 178 
Nor den 106 

13. 17. 121. 123. 



/'>^ 



v^\ 



Nortons 12. 
133. 150 
Nuttal 189 
Nurses 231. 



235 



MacAl lister 115 



260 




Ogden 197. 219 
Odd Fellows 173 
Okinawa 197 

Olsen 122. 180. 226.227 
Olavason 135 
Ortiz 182 
Otteson 58. 63. 152. 163. 

Orem 175 

Oveman 216 

Overdorf 128 

Owens 2. 9. 10. 11. 29. 38. 

^7. 51. 73. 74. 75. 11. 121. 

122. 132. 167. 174 

Ozone 41. 47. 63. 65. 79. 

105. 115. 137. 145. 177. 178. 

180 



Paine 219 

Palmyra 131 

Park 226. 74 

Paul 142. 143 

Pegney Lalyte 141 

Pearl harbor 200 

Pearson 51 

Pedersen 107. 108 

Pedeatri 167 

Peterson 20. 21. 23. 49. 75. 

105. 131. 167. 176. 191. 147 

Pepper 127 

Perm 224 

f hi Hips 243. 74 

Vierson 62 

.Pickett 79. 105. 138. 252 

Pleasantville 134 

Leota 193 

i^'ost REgister 173 

Posie 177 

roulsen 164 

Pocatello 179 

•porters 213. 65. 113. 22. 103. 

106 

'Yominent Men 221 

TYeston 181 

*iYiest 24 

Procer 186 

Ivurcell 7. 11 109. 164. 174 

•^'ugmire 58 

■ ,'Ulliiian 200 

Q 

R 
Rawson 3. 11. 12. 18. 29. 30. 
31. 38. 75. 113. 175. 230. 168 
Rancot 126 



Reed 82. 83. 47. 107. 

211. 182. 83 

Recreation Hall 213 

Rice 35 

Richards 65. 131. 244 

Ritchie 172. 27 

Ricks 158. 21. 24. 25. 

48. 52. 109. 114. 126. 

11 J 154. 189 

Richardson 68. 106. 113. 

251 

Ritter 149. 243 

Riverview 44. 146 

Rhodes 20. 170 

Robinsons 17._49 

Rogers Bros 4b 

Roberts 52. 107. 157. 179 

Robbins 174. 199 

Robertson 51. 62 

'RDckwocds 46 

Rock Hollow 196 

Roine 107. 185. 116 

Roseland 128 

Ross Carter 195 

Ronirell 197. 198. 200 

Roundy 161 

Russell 170. 86 

Russia 225 

Rushton 165. 123 



Saleni 47 

SaliTiOn 188. 201 

Salt Lake 183 

Sanders 69 

Sand Creek 169. 170. 172. 

216 

Saxton 128 

Sason 143 

Sayers 17. 62. 131 

Scoresby 65. 118 

Schoenbine 17 

School Board 93 

Scouting 237 

Seamon 103 

Seenburg IS 

Seminary 114. 119 

Searie 216 

Sexton 66 

Sellars 177. 144 

Settling Ammon 2 

Sessions 135 

Seventy Creek 145 

Snadrock 172 

Sharp 133 

Shelley 161. 169. 22. 122 

Sheep Tiountain 171 



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Shelley Hotel 191 

sneehan 20 

Shirtliff 11. 46. 57. 178 

Simmons 20. 157. 178. 44 

Singley 57. 116. 181. 182 . . ,, 

135. 247 Trail nollow 

Smith 5. 50. 116. 7. 60. 77. Tracy 20. 172 

85. 100. 101. 105. 122. 126.Trionaries 1U9 



Thomas 179. 181. 175. 
Thornton 150. 199 
Title 148 

Tipperary 108. 172. 
Torneton 151. 176 



185 



222 



259 



152. 155. 167 
Smithfield 219 
Snake River 188. 125 
Snarr 149 
Speelman 70 
Spencer 177 
Splatings 109 
Southwick 12. 18. 25. 
57. 58. 75. 101. 104. 



Trol linger 224 
Tucker 148. 216 

U 

Onion Pacific 181. 255. 
Utah Idaho 181. 211. 



212. 



255 
218 



50. 
115. 



V 

Vaneric 54 
Van Epps 155. 



214 



152. 166. 188. 201. 202. 

205. 245> m ^^,<7^, ^5-'A>ft?Valsburg 189 

Sorten 215^ ^^^'"^ ^ "^^ ^/^-^^Van Orden 216. 217. 218 

Soelberg 179. 248. 255. 256 Vernal 106 

South 107 

Squaw Creek 177 

Staggs 174 

Stal lings 107. 132. 156 

Stanger 145 



W 



Stewart 57. 170 

St. George 189 

Street 106 

Storer 15. 51 

Stoddard 173. 147. 185 

Stowell 77 

Store 195 

Stout 188. 200. 169 

Streeper 152 

Strikers 107 

Stromberg 108 

St. Leon 129 

Stringham 51. 42. 59. 66. 

69. 144. 146. 226 

Stevensons 165 

Sydney Day 175 

T 
Taylor 5. 11. 107. 108. 152. 
199 

Tabernacle roof 255 
Taylorville 165 
Taylor Creek 172. 174 
Talmadge 7. 75 
Tautphaus 41 
lawzer 151. 176 
leton Peaks 110. 195 
Teacfiers 91. 92 
Terrell 62 
Terry 55. 77 
Thompson 6^. 69 
Thurman 57. 244 

Thorpe 107 26! 



170. 
218 



199 



157. 



Wackerle 215 

Wadsworth 45. 44. 105. 115. 114. 

200. 248. 249 

Walbrecht 151 

Walker 122. 126. 

Wallace 244. 25. 

Warners 82 

Ward 47. 58. 122. 199. 245 

Waters 162. 122. 126. 156. 

199. 211 

Washington. G. 175 

Welfare Farm 110. 119. 120 

Welchman 155. 162 

Weber College 180 

Westergard 201 

Wessel 215 

Whitehead 157 

Whittings 65. 115. 225. 189. 57. 

58. 51. 62. 

Wirkus 115. 119. 151 

Wilmington 192 

Wheeler 151 

Wilcox 54. 28. 227. 161 

Wilding 224 

Winder 217. 149. 246. 251 

Winterquarters 194 

Winn 128 

Willow Creek 125 

Willard 181 

Wilson 199 

Williams 15. 51. 

57. 59. 77. 100. 

197 

Woodville 220. 225 

Wold 104. 115. 191. 185 

Womach 105 



52. 55. 46. 56. 
155. 144. 179. 



Woolfe 20. 50. 216 
Woodhouse 45 
Woodward 199 
World War II 200 
World Fair 19. 39. 200 
Wright Bros. 9. 10. 14. 15. 
215. 101. 214. 202. 233 
Wyoming 133 

X 

Y 

Yallas 50 
Yankee 181 
Young Brigham 25 
Yuker Valley 74. 131 

Z 
Zeck Piano 56 
Zitting 18. 19. 50. 60. 
75. 150 
Zollinger 169 



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